Starlink Beta pricing (internet from good guy Elon)


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One thing I didn't see on their site is if there are data caps. All other wireless / satellite providers have them, so I would imagine Starlink does too.
If so, the $1,200 per year isn't so good.

it's ELON he'll go full wildcard and have it be unlimited just to shake up the market.
 

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am i the only one thinking $99 a month for what you get isn't that bad
Amen.

you guys gladly pay $60+ for Comcast if it’s not bundled because they can run a wire to your fucking house.

Star link:

internet anywhere. Not a giant media monopoly. Speeds totally acceptable for normal use.

It’s not internet for urban and suburbia neckbeard gamer post a screen cap of your speed test RGB keyboard streaming 8k furry porn.
 

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I remember when these fuckers came across my sky one night.... It freaked us the fuck out.... Then they happened again 15 mins later
 

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I remember when these fuckers came across my sky one night.... It freaked us the fuck out.... Then they happened again 15 mins later

yea

you posted about it bro

 

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mine. no. bossman has a lake house and legit can't get satellite/cable/internet/antenna, fucking anything...
Dude in HARVARD we have zero internet options. Literally have spent days exhausting all options. No cable, DSL, etc. Satellite is an option but it’s spotty at best.

My house in the middle of fucking nowhere Wisconsin has DSL at least
 

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The $100 might not seem that steep for some, but there are some people living in rural areas for a reason, like limited budget, like my retired dad. His crap DSL is $20/mo tacked on to his landline. That’s a significant jump for him.

I already told him if it stays at $100 that I’ll cover half of it, just to get him some speed that is relevant to post-AOL days.
 

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The $100 might not seem that steep for some, but there are some people living in rural areas for a reason, like limited budget, like my retired dad. His crap DSL is $20/mo tacked on to his landline. That’s a significant jump for him.

I already told him if it stays at $100 that I’ll cover half of it, just to get him some speed that is relevant to post-AOL days.

i mean, does he really need 100mbps internet then?
 

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The $100 might not seem that steep for some, but there are some people living in rural areas for a reason, like limited budget, like my retired dad. His crap DSL is $20/mo tacked on to his landline. That’s a significant jump for him.

I already told him if it stays at $100 that I’ll cover half of it, just to get him some speed that is relevant to post-AOL days.
And there are likely many more who would gladly pay for those speeds because that would mean they could work from home making a "city" salary while living in the middle of nowhere on "country" costs.....

Take Spivitz Spivitz for example, he's still getting paid like he's in Wooddale, but now he's in TN.... With this he could go even further out into the middle of nowhere and continue making the same salary with much lower cost of living.

If I were someone who could WFH but need the bandwidth for my job, this would be a godsend. Give me that low cost of living with the salary like I'm working in the city all day long.
 

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i mean, does he really need 100mbps internet then?
On a good day he might get about 1Mbps down and 200kbps up. The telecom infrastructure there is a good 50-60 years old and was inferior to begin with.

If they offer a lower package, like 25/10 that’d be fine to at least do a video call. Haven’t seen him in months cause of the rona. Used to go down every few weeks, and he’s not getting any younger.
 

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I just signed up to be notified when its available in Wisconsin. Will be getting that installed the day its available. Really don't think its a bad price whatsoever.

My folks don't care, so they live with the shit internet up there....but I have to bring a hotspot whenever I go and I spend half my summer there. If I had Starlink internet, I could stay up there and work from up there.
 

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$99/month is a great price. It's crazy how many areas in this country still cant get more than dialup or basic DSL, this is such a game changer. I think if remote work keeps the pace we are seeing, even more people will leave the cities.
Yup. If I could WFH and just needed these speeds to do so, I wouldnt stick around.
 

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On a good day he might get about 1Mbps down and 200kbps up. The telecom infrastructure there is a good 50-60 years old and was inferior to begin with.

If they offer a lower package, like 25/10 that’d be fine to at least do a video call. Haven’t seen him in months cause of the rona. Used to go down every few weeks, and he’s not getting any younger.

1mbps could do a video call... it's not going to be HD but it could definitely do that.

but past that, is he not a cell phone guy? you could easily get him a cell phone to video chat with and be good to go...
 

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I think the interesting thing is this will drive more true competition across the broadband space. Which can hopefully drive pricing down and service levels up. If you live in an area that only has comcast or DSL they have almost no reason to try and be less shitty.
 

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Zoom internet speed requirements
According to Zoom’s website, these are the internet bandwidth requirements for different kinds of Zoom calls.

For 1:1 video calling:

  • 600kbps (up/down) for high quality video
  • 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for 720p HD video
  • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
  • Sending 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
 

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I think the interesting thing is this will drive more true competition across the broadband space. Which can hopefully drive pricing down and service levels up. If you live in an area that only has comcast or DSL they have almost no reason to try and be less shitty.

i mean, the cost/benefit for those companies could surely be a reason to "try and be less shitty"
 

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Zoom internet speed requirements
According to Zoom’s website, these are the internet bandwidth requirements for different kinds of Zoom calls.

For 1:1 video calling:

  • 600kbps (up/down) for high quality video
  • 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for 720p HD video
  • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
  • Sending 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
I can tell my one director lives in bufu because his calls are constantly fucked due to compression. It is almost unbearable to listen to.
 

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The only option I have where I'm at is satellite, I guess there's the mobile hotspot option too. There are no LoS options unless I build a 60'+ tower and even then it suffers from low cap issues. Satellite has too much latency and a kinda low cap (not to mention my experiences with viasat/exede are so bad it makes Comcast and AT&T look like angels), hotspot has a super low cap but at least latency is tolerable. Starlink is really the only hope I have in the near future for decent internet. I'm transitioning as far as employment goes and one option I'd have if I were to work remote is to rent out an empty storefront or other empty commercial space in a small town around here (there seem to be a ton, and they're generally really cheap) and get broadband at that office. That's several hundred a month for all that right there (but still worth it to work remotely with CoL so low out here). If Starlink shows up and has caps that don't suck, it'd likely replace that need altogether as I could just set up a dedicated office at home. So it would be a win from the working perspective and a win for personal internet compared to the current options.

Not gonna lie, it does really suck not having a good internet option. Video calls take up a lot of my data (and there are lots of those in interview processes these days), can't have a console as the game downloads can be literally several months worth of my hotspot, streaming is not an option minus being able to mirror phone screens, etc... Having shit internet does kinda suck. Still wouldn't move back to the city or burbs though.

I signed up for the beta a while ago so hopefully I get something from them before too long.
 

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The only option I have where I'm at is satellite, I guess there's the mobile hotspot option too. There are no LoS options unless I build a 60'+ tower and even then it suffers from low cap issues. Satellite has too much latency and a kinda low cap (not to mention my experiences with viasat/exede are so bad it makes Comcast and AT&T look like angels), hotspot has a super low cap but at least latency is tolerable. Starlink is really the only hope I have in the near future for decent internet. I'm transitioning as far as employment goes and one option I'd have if I were to work remote is to rent out an empty storefront or other empty commercial space in a small town around here (there seem to be a ton, and they're generally really cheap) and get broadband at that office. That's several hundred a month for all that right there (but still worth it to work remotely with CoL so low out here). If Starlink shows up and has caps that don't suck, it'd likely replace that need altogether as I could just set up a dedicated office at home. So it would be a win from the working perspective and a win for personal internet compared to the current options.

Not gonna lie, it does really suck not having a good internet option. Video calls take up a lot of my data (and there are lots of those in interview processes these days), can't have a console as the game downloads can be literally several months worth of my hotspot, streaming is not an option minus being able to mirror phone screens, etc... Having shit internet does kinda suck. Still wouldn't move back to the city or burbs though.

I signed up for the beta a while ago so hopefully I get something from them before too long.

where are you at?
 

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1mbps could do a video call... it's not going to be HD but it could definitely do that.

but past that, is he not a cell phone guy? you could easily get him a cell phone to video chat with and be good to go...
1Mbps is not enough, we’ve tried it.

No cell reception where he is at. He’s using a Verizon network extender over the DSL for cell service within the house. Go down the driveway and you have zero signal.
 

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