SpaceX’s satellite internet network, Starlink, has just opened its orders to the French. Starlink is available starting today, although subscriptions are available in “limited quantities”.
“Starlink is currently available to a limited number of users per coverage area. Orders are processed in the order they arrive on a first-come, first-served basis. This can be found on the official Starlink website.
What price for Starlink in France?
If you want to order, Starlink will send you an installation kit with the satellite antenna and the wireless router. All of this comes at a price. Ordering the equipment costs 499 € and the internet subscription costs 99 € per month.
According to a user on Twitter who quickly simulated an order, taxes would be included in the final invoice, the order would cost € 59 to ship, and a € 82 deposit is required.
🌟 # Starlink orders are now available in France.
Material: 499 €
Subscription: € 99
Shipping and handling: 59 €
Including € 82.24 deposited to be deducted from the total. # SpaceX pic.twitter.com/Ga8WrXqknG
– Math on Mars (@math_sur_mars) May 7, 2021
Typically, Starlink’s price should drop over time. Yesterday Elon Musk confirmed that he has more than 500,000 customers worldwide (mostly in the US). In France, the speed should vary between 50 and 150 Mbps, as predicted by Starlink, and “short periods of no connectivity” are also to be taken into account, “while we are the system,” explains SpaceX’s breakdown.
Regarding the cancellation of the subscription and a possible refund, Starlink writes: “Cancellation rights. You can suspend the monthly subscription fees at any time via your account in the Starlink customer portal and cancel the services. You are not entitled to a refund, except in the cases provided for in Articles 1.2, 4.3 or 4.4. […] It is your responsibility to use appropriate packaging to return the Starlink kit and to pay for shipping. “
SpaceX has launched around 1,500 Starlink satellites to date. SpaceX’s satellite internet division eventually plans to offer a network of 42,000 devices orbiting the earth. Last Monday another 60 new models of a Falcon 9 were launched. It will therefore take a while for the network to be fully profitable.
Ultimately, however, coverage should bring significant advances in network access in remote areas. Whether in the country or in the middle of the ocean, it will be possible to connect to the Internet via a high quality network.
There will also be obstacles. In France, opponents, in particular the political party “La France Insoumise”, criticize the project on the basis of an argument of “state sovereignty”, but also the growing danger of the government being saturated. Low earth orbit and light pollution.