Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a space exploration company called SpaceX. One of SpaceX’s prominent ‘missions’ is a satellite-based internet service called Starlink. Starlink’s official website is now allowing users to pre-order the service. Here is how you can apply and all the other details related to Starlink.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite-based internet service and at the moment it is in the beta-testing phase. Internet connectivity will be provided directly through satellites that SpaceX will launch in the orbit.
How can you apply for Starlink’s internet service?
Simply go to Starlink’s website and enter your email and the address of the area where you want the internet service.
When will you get the internet service from Starlink?
After entering the area of service you will get a message informing you of a certain timeframe. We tried for several areas in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida and got the message, “Starlink is targeting coverage in your area in 2022.”
Starlink currently tells you area wise coverage and not city-wise
You will have to fill the address of an area and not city-wise. For example, if you enter Mumbai or New Delhi, you won’t get to know a relative timeframe. So you will have to enter an exact area of a city.
How much will you have to pay for pre-booking the service?
The cost of pre-booking the service is $99 (roughly Rs 7,200). The amount is fully refundable and Starlink is making it clear that even after paying the deposit amount “service is not guaranteed”
Why you may not get the service even after paying the pre-booking amount?
Starlink is making it clear that — when and if — the service will be available it will depend on many factors, including “various regulatory approvals.”
Is Starlink providing internet service anywhere in the world?
At the moment, it’s only in the beta-testing phase so nowhere in the world are ‘consumers’ using the service as of now.
What do you get on pre-booking the Starlink internet service?
Online reports have suggested that customers in countries like USA, Australia and Mexico got a Starlink Kit. The kit has a router, antenna, mount and power supply cable.