SpaceX sharply reduces the price of Starlink in France

Starlink announces a significant drop in the monthly price for subscription to its Internet access offer through space. But at the beginning of 2022, the operator increased the price of the connection kit.

Starlink is now much more competitive in France. In an email sent on August 3, the satellite Internet service provider reports having halved the amount of the monthly subscription. The price is now 50 euros per month, against 99 euros previously. In addition, the shipping and service costs, which were 59 euros, disappear.

The pack therefore now costs 684 euros. This includes the 50 euros for the first month and the 634 euros for the equipment, that is to say essentially the dish to be placed in the direction of the sky, but also the Wi-Fi router, the power supply, the tripod of assembly and cables. Note that the hardware itself once cost 499 euros, before increasing in March 2022.

In doing so, the price drop indicated on August 3 by SpaceX is less spectacular than it looks, even if in the long term, the halving of the price of the package is able to erase the inconvenience from the rise of the satellite dish. The new prices are already applied on the official website. The price reduction by half concerns anyone in mainland France.

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Starlink, an ISP that passes the Internet link through space

Starlink is the name of a service and a network of satellites belonging to SpaceX, an American company founded by Elon Musk in early 2000. It specializes in astronautics and provides services for sending satellites into orbit, but also is capable of transporting and repatriating astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station.

Starlink operates as an Internet service provider, except that its Internet connection passes through space, thanks to the communication satellites that SpaceX has been sending regularly since 2018. This constellation now has a few thousand devices in Earth orbit. low. All belong to SpaceX. The company also has ground stations to liaise with them.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink
A Falcon 9 rocket lifting off with Starlink satellites on board. // Source: SpaceX

Initially, Starlink described itself as a solution that could provide an Internet connection anywhere in the world, particularly in remote areas of the globe and poorly served by more traditional telecom infrastructures. We were therefore thinking of countries in Africa, South America or Asia, essentially. But it is in fact mainly in the West that the service operates, for the moment.

The interest of Starlink is debatable in France, even with a price half the price on the package. Compared to the tariffs applied by traditional operators, it is too expensive. This can be a solution for very rural or hard-to-reach areas. But with the continued expansion of 4G and 5G networks in mobile and fiber in fixed, the argument tends to weaken.

Starlink offers a non-binding plan — you can try the kit for 30 days and return it for a full hardware refund if you’re not satisfied. Note that Starlink also offers a portability option, which costs an additional 25 euros per month – it is a solution for people who are roaming all the time.

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