Starlink public beta is now available. Elon Musk promised the Internet through Starlink before the end of 2020 and it has happened. The satellite Internet service has begun operating in its public beta, allowing interested parties to begin using the service. That is, with a monthly price of $99 plus the $499 installation kit.
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Over the past few months, Starlink has been docking more and more satellites to its network at each SpaceX launch. They have also been testing the service in a private and secret beta from which we were able to obtain details about its operation and appearance of the antennas.
Starlink Public Beta will be sold for $99 per month,also expect possible interruptions
Now is the time to open the Starlink public beta to a wider audience, a phase that is beginning to be implemented right now. For this purpose, SpaceX has been contacting interested parties to indicate the conditions of use. It will cost $99 per month for users of the public beta. But don’t forget the $499 initial cost that corresponds to the hardware and installation kit of the antenna.
Each Starlink kit includes a satellite terminal, a small plate that points to the satellite grid in orbit, and a mounting tripod. There is also a router, which is connected by a cable to the terminal. The router is designed to be placed inside, where it allows devices to connect via Wi-Fi to access Internet service.
In addition, there is an app for iOS and Android for Starlink public beta that helps in the installation and subsequent configuration of the system. The dish itself automatically adjusts and moves according to where it needs to be aimed to have better coverage with Starlink’s satellites.
The service, as we saw, has up to 60MB/s download speed in the first tests. Subsequently, Starlink itself boasted it to 100MB/s with “super-low latency.” These speeds and latency may vary as advised by Starlink:
“Expect to see data rates vary from 50MB/s to 150MB/s and latency from 20 ms to 40 ms over the next several months as we upgrade the Starlink system. There will also be short periods of no connectivity at all.”
At the moment, the Starlink public beta service is more focused on the United States and Canada. This is due to the simple fact that this is where Starlink has the best coverage right now in the absence of all its satellites in orbit.