SpaceX drastically reduces the price of Starlink in France

Starlink announces a significant drop in the monthly price for subscribing to its internet access offering through the space. But at the beginning of 2022 the operator raised the price of the connection kit.

Starlink is now much more competitive in France. In an email sent on August 3, the satellite internet service provider reports that it has halved the amount of the monthly subscription. The price is now 50 euros per month, compared to 99 euros before. In addition, the shipping and service costs, which were 59 euros, disappear.

The package now costs 684 euros. This includes the 50 euros for the first month and the 634 euros for the equipment, which is essentially the dish to be positioned in the direction of the sky, but also the Wi-Fi router, the power supply, the mounting tripod and cables. Note that the hardware itself once cost € 499, before increasing in March 2022.

A parable on the ground. // Source: Starlink

In doing so, 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 manages to cancel the inconvenience due to the rise of the satellite antenna. The new prices are already applied on the official website. The price cut by half applies to anyone in mainland France.

In another email, this time sent to the operator’s customers, Starlink warns that a ” fair use policy it will be released starting October 2022, which is to keep unlimited access for everyone, but without prioritizing those who consume less than 250 GB per month. In addition to this, lower speeds can be observed.

Users can also choose to purchase additional data to recover priority at € 10 / 100GB Priority is based on data usage only, regardless of content provider. “Adds the email from Starlink. These indications do not appear in the e-mail sent to the media on August 3.

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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 early 2000. It specializes in astronautics and provides services for sending satellites into orbit, but is also capable to transport and repatriate astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station.

Starlink operates as an internet service provider, except that its internet connection passes through space, thanks to the communication satellites that SpaceX has been sending regularly since 2018. This constellation now has a few thousand devices in low earth orbit. They all belong to SpaceX. The company also has ground stations to maintain contact with them.

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

Initially, Starlink described itself as a solution capable of providing an Internet connection anywhere in the world, particularly in remote areas of the globe and poorly served by more traditional telecommunications infrastructures. So we were thinking of countries in Africa, South America or Asia, essentially. But it is above all in the West that the service operates, for the moment.

Starlink’s interest is questionable in France, even with half the price of the package. Compared to the rates charged by traditional operators, it is too expensive. This can be a solution for very rural or hard to reach 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 refund of the hardware if you’re not satisfied. Note that Starlink also offers a portability option, which costs 25 euros more per month: it is a solution for people who are always roaming.

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(updated with a clarification that does not appear in the mail to the media regarding the fair use policy)

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