While a lot of us might take our internet for granted and assume that we are connected wherever we go, there are some places where coverage might be bad or even non-existent. This is an issue that SpaceX is hoping to tackle by launching its Starlink internet service that relies on satellites to beam internet around the world.
It sounds like an ambitious, not to mention expensive, plan, so the question is, how much will Starlink cost when it does go live? According to a report from Reuters, based on emails that they have seen, it appears that Starlink is expected to be priced at $99 a month, plus an additional $499 that customers will have to pay for a setup kit.
Reuters says that they have spoke to at least one user who signed up for the beta and paid a total of $578 for the entire setup, including shipping and handling. SpaceX has yet to officially announce or confirm the pricing of Starlink’s internet plans, but it seems that the company has started to send out invitations to the beta test to those living in states like Washington, Wisconsin, and Idaho.
Starlink will not be the first to attempt to use satellites to offer internet connectivity. Other companies such as ViaSat offer similar services that are priced at $170 a month, so in comparison, Starlink’s prices aren’t too bad, although we guess it’s more for people in rural areas seeking some kind of coverage rather than those who are looking for the fastest internet possible.