SpaceX drastically reduces the price of Starlink in France

Starlink announces a significant decrease in the monthly subscription price of its Internet access offer through space. But in early 2022, the operator raised the price of the connection kit.

Starlink is now much more competitive in France. In an e-mail sent on August 3, the satellite internet provider informs that it has reduced the monthly subscription fee by half. The price is now 50 euros per month, against 99 euros previously. In addition, shipping and service costs, which were 59 euros, disappear.

The package therefore now costs 684 euros. This includes the 50 euros for the first month and the 634 euros for the equipment, essentially the antenna to be placed in the sky, but also the Wi-Fi router, the power supply, the mounting tripod and cables. Note that the hardware itself already cost 499 euros, before increasing in March 2022.

A parable on the ground. // Source: Starlink

With that, the price drop indicated on August 3 by SpaceX is less spectacular than it seems, even if, in the long term, the halving of the price of the package is able to erase the inconvenience of the rise of the satellite dish. The new prices are already applied on the official website. The price reduction by half concerns anyone in mainland France.

In another e-mail sent this time to the operator’s customers, Starlink warns that a ” fair use policy will roll out from October 2022, which consists of maintaining unlimited access for everyone, but not prioritizing those consuming less than 250GB per month. Also, slower speeds may be observed.

🇧🇷 Users can also choose to purchase additional data to retrieve priority for €10/100GB. Prioritization is based on data usage only, regardless of content provider🇧🇷 “Add Starlink email. These indications are not included in the email sent to the media on 3 August.

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Starlink, an ISP that passes the internet link through space

Starlink is the name of a service and a network of satellites belonging to SpaceX, an American company founded by Elon Musk in the early 2000s. It specializes in astronautics and provides services for placing satellites in orbit, but is also capable of transporting and repatriating astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station.

Starlink operates like an internet service provider, except your internet connection goes through space, thanks to the communication satellites that SpaceX has regularly sent out since 2018. This constellation now has a few thousand devices in Earth orbit. All belong to SpaceX. The company also has ground stations to link with them.

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A Falcon 9 rocket taking off with Starlink satellites on board. // Source: SpaceX

Initially, Starlink described itself as a solution that could provide Internet connection anywhere in the world, especially in remote areas of the globe and poorly served by more traditional telecommunications infrastructures. We were therefore thinking of countries in Africa, South America or Asia, essentially. But it is in fact mainly in the West that the service operates, for now.

Starlink’s interest is debatable in France, even if it’s priced at half the package price. Compared to the tariffs practiced by traditional operators, it is too expensive. This can be a solution for very rural or difficult to access areas. But with the continued expansion of 4G and 5G networks in mobile and fiber in fixed, the argument tends to weaken.

Starlink offers a non-binding plan – you can try the kit for 30 days and return it for a full hardware refund if you’re not satisfied. It should be noted that Starlink also offers a portability option, which has an additional cost of 25 euros per month – it is a solution for those who are always roaming.

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(updated with a clarification that did not appear in the media email regarding the fair use policy)

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