Starlink Beta pricing (internet from good guy Elon)


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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)
As stated, on a GOOD day, he might get 1 down, about 256k up, so no, Zoom doesn't work. Neither does Skype, Google Hangouts (which is shit anyway), or any other video app.

His own telecom has stated that he never should have been allowed service across DSL because he is simply too far from the hub. IIRC he's about 3000-3500' beyond their max range. When it rains he loses internet. That's how fragile and crappy it is.

Edit: somewhere back in the "post your internet speed" thread I added a screen cap of his speeds. Not really worth digging through to find it.
 

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i want to live there.
I believe it is for sale, again, maybe.

110 acres, two houses (main house has 200 amp service), storage building, garage, workshop/dog house, etc. 300 yard shooting range, lots of fire trails for ATVs/SxS.

*There are photos of the range in the shooting thread(s).
 

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two. two mbps?


Yeah, but it's all that's needed. Coming from 56k, it's nice. It streams netflix and Hulu, zoom calls. It just sucks if you need to upload something, but that rarely happens.
 

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I need this for my dads. He’s the intended target for this service since he’s so rural. His DSL is at dual-up speeds.

Been waiting a few years for it go public. But fuck is $100 steep, plus the buy-in for the hardware, which I think is $500.
Imagine trying to recoup the costs of launch rockets into space just about every month for the last several years to get this "off the ground", then realize that $99 a month aint so bad.
 

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I'm sending this to my buddy. He's in a crap internet zone and could use it big time.

For me, I get more bandwidth cheaper from Comcast. Come on Elon, beat Comcast price so I can dump them once and for all.
 

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I'm sending this to my buddy. He's in a crap internet zone and could use it big time.

For me, I get more bandwidth cheaper from Comcast. Come on Elon, beat Comcast price so I can dump them once and for all.
Assuming your buddy is down by you in florida he may have to wait a while. The system only has 100% coverage on northern latitudes right now
 

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Ah. That sucks. I'm sure he'll be interested anyway in reading up on it since his 2MB internet is awful. I have him come over to my house if we want to watch anything. His internet can't even keep up with a movie at times.
 

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This might be what my mom needs in the middle of fucking nowhere northern Wisconsin. I'll check what she currently has, but every time I'm up there I can barely run FB on her wifi and my phone has essentially 0 reception.
 

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This might be what my mom needs in the middle of fucking nowhere northern Wisconsin. I'll check what she currently has, but every time I'm up there I can barely run FB on her wifi and my phone has essentially 0 reception.

what town is she near?

what service do you have?
 

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i fucking love crivitz.

poppps ftmfw.

uscellular works awesome around there... they have internet plans.
Well, for starters, Crivitz sucks.

She has an internet plan and it's God awful. She can barely get on a Teams meeting. I have service just fine in town. I just don't have it where she lives.
 

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Starlink: "We'll soon be able to provide high-speed, low-latency internet virtually anywhere in the world"

TCG Ballers: "100 dollars?!?!"
 

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Starlink: "We'll soon be able to provide high-speed, low-latency internet virtually anywhere in the world"

TCG Ballers: "100 dollars?!?!"
Well, to make my point, again. To me $100/mo is fair for what they're going to be offering. For some that is going to be a dramatic cost increase. They'll have to weigh whether the new provider option is worth the increase in cost. Simple as that. Going back to my former example, my dad's [incredibly slow] DSL adds $20 or so onto his telecom charge. So his cost would go up 500% (20 x 5 =100).

I've already told him that once it is available to him, if he is still residing at his current location, that I would covre 50% of the monthly fee, to ease the burden since he's on a limited budget.

What would be great is if they offer a tiered pricing plan. Like lower speeds for less money. Does he need upwards of 100Mbps service? No, he'd be fine at 50Mbps, or even 25, as it would still be a dramatic increase from ~1.5 - 2Mbps (256Kbps up) he currently has. And that would allow me to add another form of staying in contact, video calls, which his service can't handle due to the low bandwidth.
 

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What would be great is if they offer a tiered pricing plan. Like lower speeds for less money. Does he need upwards of 100Mbps service? No, he'd be fine at 50Mbps, or even 25, as it would still be a dramatic increase from ~1.5 - 2Mbps (256Kbps up) he currently has. And that would allow me to add another form of staying in contact, video calls, which his service can't handle due to the low bandwidth.
That'll probably be an option. What they're offering now is primarily for more tech-oriented people who want the speed and don't mind paying for being an early adopter.

They've also mentioned structuring pricing based upon local cost of living. People in Africa won't be paying the same as people in Northern California.
 

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Also, you said he gets 1 mbps down on a good day. So he would be getting 100-150x the speed for 5x the price. I know he may not care about that, but all of the people I see posting in the Starlink subreddit are thrilled about it.

I see it as a bargain. I pay the same now for symmetrical gig fiber, which is clearly the better deal...But I'm also stuck in the burbs. I want to buy a place in the middle of nowhere and work remotely from there on a regular basis, and Starlink is a godsend for that.
 

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im at $82 $85 (sweet $3 additional comcrap) i pay for 100 i think but just goooogle tested at 228 down 11 up
Based on your speeds and price I bet you’re paying for 200/10. Poke around in the offers, I had the same and found the same deal for $73.

I’d have to see what we’re paying for dish at our lake house. If we could just have wifi and use our individual Netflix/Hulu accounts and actually have internet at the house to stream Spotify and whatnot that would be worth it.
 

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