SpaceX is taking reservations for Starlink Premium internet service – but it’s not cheap
Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX has launched a new Premium tier for its Starlink satellite internet service.
SpaceX is taking reservations for Starlink Premium internet service
Starlink Premium is much more powerful than basic Starlink service, with more than double the antenna capacity. It is also much more resistant to extreme weather conditions and should therefore have fewer problems during storms as well as heavy rain and snow.
However, users will have to pay much more in fees and hardware charges for Premium benefits.
Starlink Premium for “super users”
SpaceX’s website describes Starlink’s Premium service as ideal for “small offices, storefronts, and super users around the world.” It should also be very useful for people in rural areas who have otherwise very limited internet access.
Premium users will be able to enjoy much faster download speeds of 150-500 Mbps. Compare that to the basic Starlink service which currently offers download speeds of 50-250 Mbps. The time it takes to send data from point to point, called latency, should remain similar between Premium and basic Starlink packages. The latency rate for basic data transmission is currently between 20 and 40 milliseconds, and it is expected that this rate will be the same for the Premium version.
Starlink Basic and Premium services currently have no data caps either, although Premium users receive 24/7 priority support.
How much does Starlink Premium Internet cost?
Premium deliveries are due to start around April this year, and to become a Starlink Premium user, you must first pay a refundable deposit of $500. The service then costs $500 per month, with an additional $2,500 for any hardware provided. Comparatively, Starlink’s basic service requires a $99 refundable deposit with the same amount due per month for the service itself. Additional hardware for the basic service costs $499.
The basic package has been available since October 2020, and to date Starlink has acquired over 145,000 users in 25 countries. They have also launched nearly 1,900 satellites into orbit to facilitate internet service.