SpaceX’s Starlink Mini Launches with Portability but Higher Cost and Limited Speed

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SpaceX's Starlink Mini Launches with Portability but Higher Cost and Limited Speed
SpaceX's Starlink Mini Launches with Portability but Higher Cost and Limited Speed

Eagerly awaited by those seeking a portable internet solution, SpaceX finally rolled out its Starlink Mini kit this week.

This backpack-sized antenna promises internet access on the go, eliminating the need for a separate router thanks to its built-in unit.

While the ability to expand coverage with a Starlink Mesh router remains, excitement reached a fever pitch when Elon Musk hinted at a significantly lower price point compared to the standard Starlink kit.

Tweets suggested affordability extending to both the hardware and subscription plans. However, early access invites sent out on Wednesday revealed a different story.

SpaceX's Starlink Mini Launches with Portability but Higher Cost and Limited Speed
SpaceX’s Starlink Mini Launches with Portability but Higher Cost and Limited Speed (Starlink)

Despite promises of a more affordable option, SpaceX’s Starlink Mini launched with a price tag of $599, exceeding expectations. This hike was attributed to the strain the Mini’s portability would place on congested network areas.

However, the company hinted at future, cheaper versions for regions lacking reliable internet access. Social media users expressed disappointment, citing not just the hardware cost increase but also the additional monthly fees and data limitations.

With concerns about early model performance, many are likely to wait for improvements before taking the plunge. The Starlink Mini’s launch mirrors the pricing strategy of Tesla’s Cybertruck a premium attached initially to capitalize on early adopter interest.

Yet, the Mini’s capabilities are scaled back compared to the standard Starlink kit, with download speeds capped at 100 Mbps versus the standard’s 250 Mbps.

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