SpaceX and T-Mobile want to end whitespace with satellites

The new service, which will use thousands of SpaceX Starlink satellites already in orbit and run on existing phones, will begin with text messaging and reception from late 2023, with voice services expected to follow.

“The important thing is that this means there will be no more white areas for your phone anywhere in the world,” Elon Musk said at an event at the SpaceX Starbase site in Texas.

The service will “save lives,” the billionaire said, taking the example of lost tourists who are currently unable to call for help.


Although satellite Internet access has been around for several years, users currently require specialized equipment such as Starlink terminals.

The service “will allow you to send texts, images, and if there are not too many people in the mobile zone, you can even have a small video,” Elon Musk claimed.

T-Mobile boss Mike Sievert said he expects the service to be included for free with most current subscription plans, but there may be additional user fees for the lowest priced subscriptions. The service will initially be offered to US customers, but T-Mobile is expected to expand into other markets.

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