SpaceX’s Starlink internet service has increased its prices for the first time since it began serving its customers in October 2020.
Elon Musk’s company recently emailed customers to notify them of the price hike, citing inflationary pressures as the cause.
So for new customers, the starter kit, consisting of the satellite dish and other equipment, now costs $599, up from $499, while the monthly service charge will increase to $110 per month, up from $99, for all customers.
It also means customers who have already made a deposit but have yet to pay the full amount will be charged $549 for the kit, which is midway between the old price and the new one.
“Due to excessive levels of inflation, the price of the Starlink kit will increase from $499 to $549 for depositors and $599 for all new orders,” Starlink said in the email to customers, adding that the new price will apply to subscriptions on April 22, 2022.
Customers can receive a partial refund of $200 during their first year of service, while a full refund is available if they receive the kit within the past 30 days. Deposits can be fully refunded. On its website, SpaceX says that depending on the customer’s location, orders can take six months or more to fulfill.
At the time of writing, the cost for Starlink’s recently launched premium service remains the same. Starlink Business customers are asked to pay a $500 refundable deposit, along with a $2,500 fee for the antenna and router. The service itself costs $500 per month.
In an effort to justify the price hike, the email also said that since the launch of its public beta service Starlink in October 2020, SpaceX has “tripled the number of satellites in orbit, quadrupled the number of ground stations, and continuously expands our network.” has improved”. while promising that it will continue to improve the network and add new features.
Elon Musk recently suggested that Starlink now has some 250,000 customers in 25 countries.
The internet service is powered by a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit that beam broadband to customers. SpaceX’s main goal is to serve communities that currently have no internet access or poor connectivity, although people in a growing number of locations, including cities, can also sign up for Starlink.