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Tech & Science In addition to satellite internet, Elon Musk's Starlink also plans to offer cheap smartphone tariffs soon.

15:04  17 february  2021
15:04  17 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.de

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The Starlink internet project by Elon Musk's space company SpaceX is now in the beta phase. Soon it will also be available in Germany . As if that weren't enough, the company recently applied to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an telephone service with voice calls. The extension provides for cheaper tariffs for households with low incomes, as "The Independent" reports .

The documents submitted to the FCC show that Starlink will offer voice call services (Voice over IP), the tariffs of which should be comparable to urban tariffs. An initial test of the independent voice service via the Starlink network was successful. SpaceX also ensures that all minimum FCC requirements for Starlink's standalone voice service are met. With a 24-hour battery backup option, it should also be possible to make calls in the event of a power failure. In emergency situations, the Starlink services will therefore manage without an external power source.

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SpaceX has applied to the US authorities for ETC status, which identifies them as operators of telecommunications networks. This status offers you some additional advantages, such as qualification for the US Lifeline program. This grants network operators subsidies and grants that enable them to offer lower-cost telephone and broadband services to low-income consumers. As soon as the application goes through, the company wants to "provide the lifeline for qualified low-income customers".

The program subsidizes those involved with $ 9.25 a month for broadband Internet access and $ 5.25 for telephone services, for "Ars Technica" . But that's not enough to make Starlink services affordable for everyone: In addition to a monthly fee of $ 99, there is a one-time purchase of a hardware package for $ 499.

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So for people with lower incomes, SpaceX should offer a better alternative. Despite the high prices, the company says it already has over 10,000 users. In addition, SpaceX has recently started accepting pre-orders for the Internet service in Germany - which will probably only be available from mid to late 2021 or even 2022.

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