SpaceX Starlink opens preorders, however slots are restricted in every area

Screenshot from the SpaceX Starlink pre-order website.
Enlarge / Screenshot from the Starlink order web page, with the road handle blotted out.

SpaceX this week started accepting preorders for Starlink broadband, asking for $99 deposits for service that will be accessible within the second half of this yr.

To begin the method, you’ll be able to go to Starlink’s website and enter your electronic mail and repair handle. The general value is $499 for {hardware}, $50 for delivery and dealing with, and $99 for month-to-month service, plus tax. These are the same prices charged within the ongoing beta, which is proscribed to components of the northern United States and southern Canada.

“Starlink is concentrating on protection in your space in mid to late 2021,” the preordering system says. “Availability is proscribed. Orders can be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served foundation. You’ll obtain a notification as soon as your Starlink is able to ship.”

We have gotten the identical “mid to late 2021” timeframe for addresses in Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington state. A CNBC report stated that preorders for some areas are displaying availability in 2022 as an alternative.

The $99 due upon preordering is totally refundable, and “you’ll be able to provoke a refund of your deposit by logging into the Buyer Account Portal and requesting a refund,” the web site says. Sadly, putting a preorder doesn’t assure that you’re going to get Starlink.

“Relying on location, some orders might take 6 months or extra to satisfy. Putting a deposit doesn’t assure service,” the web site stated.

You may get a message like this in the event you efficiently place an order:

A Starlink order confirmation (we cut out the bottom part with the service address and number).
Enlarge / A Starlink order affirmation (we lower out the underside half with the service handle and quantity).

Buyer limits

SpaceX is setting limits on how many individuals can join in every geographic space, doubtless to make sure that it has sufficient capacity for every buyer. “Starlink is out there to a restricted variety of customers per protection space at the moment,” the ordering web site says.

Whereas preorders look like for Starlink’s basic availability later this yr, the corporate additionally appears to be increasing the variety of slots within the beta.

“Extra Starlink capability is now accessible to a restricted variety of customers per protection space,” SpaceX stated yesterday in an electronic mail despatched to individuals who had beforehand registered curiosity on the web site. “If service shouldn’t be presently accessible in your space, you’ll be able to place a deposit to carry your house in line for future service.”

The e-mail repeated SpaceX’s earlier steerage concerning the beta, which is that “customers can count on to see information speeds fluctuate from 50Mbps to 150Mbps and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most areas over the subsequent a number of months as we improve the Starlink system. There will even be temporary durations of no connectivity in any respect.”

Presumably, service can be sooner and extra dependable as soon as it is made accessible to individuals who submit preorders. “Starlink is now delivering preliminary beta service each domestically and internationally, and can proceed enlargement to close international protection of the populated world in 2021,” the web site says.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter this week that SpaceX will do a Starlink IPO “as soon as we will predict money circulation fairly properly.”

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