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Starlink ending beta test in October, but you can still sign up

Ashlee Tilford

Sep 24, 2021 — 2 min read

Elon Musk's satellite internet company is poised for a formal launch once testing is closed.

Starlink satellite on the roof of a rural home.

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Starlink beta testing

Elon Musk recently announced via Twitter that the beta testing for his low-orbit satellite program, Starlink, will be ending in October 2021.

Musk’s company, SpaceX, launched Starlink in a beta phase and, as of the end of July 2021, reported it had customers in 12 countries, serving a total of 900,000 customers

Starlink claims that Starlink beta testers will be limited to a certain number of users per coverage area and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The tricky part about this is that Starlink has not published a map or listing of coverage areas. 

If you’d like to try to get in on the beta test during the last few weeks, here’s what you can do:

Starlink beta signup steps

Starlink deployed the beta program to test their ground stations and satellites and expand coverage as more satellites are deployed until eventually, the service is available at high speeds in all intended locations. 

Where is the Starlink beta sign up and how can you get in line? Their website makes Starlink sign-up quite simple, in fact, starting the signup process is the first thing you’ll see when you visit www.starlink.com

You’ll start by typing in your service address and clicking the “Order Now” button. The next page will show you when the service is expected to be available in your area. For example, “Starlink is targeting coverage in your area in mid to late 2021. You will receive a notification once your Starlink is ready to ship.” Below this notice, you’ll see an itemized price list including:

  • Hardware costs – $499
  • Service – $99/mo
  • Shipping & handling – $50
  • Estimated Tax – varies

Following this price list, you’ll see a “Deposit Due Today” amount of $99 and a prompt to issue payment. Finally, if you’re selected to be a Starlink beta tester, and there is no guarantee that you will be, you’ll receive notice to pay $499 for the equipment which will usually ship out within two weeks of that notice.

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Ashlee Tilford

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