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Starlink beta testing
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.
Internet options in your area
If you need internet now, you may have other options like DSL, cable or fiber available in your area. Satellite companies HughesNet and Viasat also provide internet options virtually anywhere in the U.S.
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Written by:Ashlee Tilford
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