SpaceX, the satellite internet service provider, has been offering discounted hardware for its Starlink service since the end of last year, according to a report by techAU.
The hardware, priced initially at AU$924, is now being sold for AU$450, making it a more affordable option for customers. Starlink costs AU$139 per month and is an excellent option for those looking for an alternative to sub-standard NBN service.
It is currently unknown how long the Starlink discount will last, but it is a great opportunity for customers to get the equivalent of 3.5 months of service for free.
When Starlink first launched, the company was losing money on the hardware, but now that it is in its second generation and at a much larger scale, it is likely that the costs to produce have decreased significantly.
Starlink is being heavily advertised in Australia, as it has a large potential customer base. It is not a familiar option for the average internet subscriber, as home internet services are often purchased from the same company that provides mobile service, such as Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone.
SpaceX is advertising Starlink to let people know there is another internet option in Australia.
Globally, SpaceX now has more than a million paying customers, and the product portfolio has grown to include Business, RV, Maritime, Aviation, and IoT (applications in Space) options. Despite the growth in users, Starlink has not suffered significant slowdowns in speed, with many people still reporting 250Mbps or higher speeds.
The residential price for Starlink is the cheapest, followed by the business-grade version at AU$750/mo, and that special disk version costs AU$3,740.
Starlink Business users can expect download speeds of up to 350Mbps and latency of 20-40ms, enabling high throughput connectivity for offices of up to 20 users, storefronts, and demanding workloads across the globe.
The RV version costs AU$174/mo for grey nomads and can be used monthly. The new Flat High-Performance Starlink allows users to enjoy high-speed, low-latency internet while in motion.
For those with boats, the Maritime option is currently available for the lower half of Australia and is planned to support almost everyone in the ocean in Q1 2023.
The aviation industry is also set to benefit from Starlink, as it offers significant savings over traditional satellite services. Being in the air, users have a clear, unobstructed connection to space. While it is still early days, it is expected that Starlink will dominate aviation connectivity.
As per the Starlink coverage map, the majority of Australia could get the service, with some areas in NSW and lower QLD due to come online in 2023. If one hasn’t yet considered Starlink and is frustrated by what’s on offer through the NBN, it’s worth a try.