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SpaceX and T-Mobile event tomorrow to announce plans to increase connectivity with Starlink and 5G



SpaceX announced today that it is jointly holding an event with T-Mobile tomorrow August 25th at 8PM ET were they will announce plans to “increase connectivity.” Could the two companies announce a combined Starlink and T-Mobile service?

Starlink is SpaceX’s constellation of its own low orbit satellites that its uses to connect users all over the globe in remote and sparsely populated regions that lack connectivity, speed and availability of competing providers. That makes SpaceX an internet service provider (ISP) much like Xfinity, CenturyLink, Verizon, T-Mobile and so on. What makes Starlink different, however, is if you live in a remote and beautiful location with only one or two ISP’s, slow speeds and high costs, the Starlink system from SpaceX gives you the freedom to live where you want, while being connected at a reasonable cost.

While some people like to live in bustling cities and sprawling suburbs with access to multiple ISPs and 500mpbs+ speeds, others prefer to live and work in beautiful, remote and quiet places and with that remoteness comes fewer choices to stay connected. Enter Starlink’s $100 per month service charge and 100-200mbps speeds and eventually offering an even fast 500mbps tier, enabling people to live and work wherever they want.

Elon Musk retweeted SpaceX’s tweet about the event saying “This is something special.” This begs the question, what will a possible Starlink and T-Mobile 5G product be like? T-Mobile’s home internet has been on the market for a number of years now and while those who live in densely populated metro areas can take advantage of T-Mobile’s alternative to traditional cable internet providers, but if you leave in rural areas of the US, then you have fewer options. This is where Starlink comes in, Starlink’s satellite internet service is perhaps the very best option for those live in rural areas, albeit one of the most expensive.

Could this combined technology be linked to Apple’s LEO satellite support with wider 5G band support that could end up using Starlink satellites? According to ShrimpApplePro on Twitter, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will be the only phones that could currently utilize this technology, at least until the iPhone 14 models are available. Additionally, they say that if SpaceX were to use the n41 band from T-Mobile on Starlink hardware then T-Mobile %G would be available almost everywhere in the US. Could a combined Starlink and T-Mobile 5G service provide complementary benefits to one another, making for a service that is the best of both technologies rolled into one? We’ll have more on this after the event tomorrow night.



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