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Starlink’s Secret $90 Service Plan Has A Major Loophole

In this video post, I talk about Starlink’s hidden service plan that is mentioned nowhere on their website. The “Standard – Discounted” plan is supposed to be only available for select rural addresses in the United States. But a huge loophole in the Starlink account management system allows…

Obstruction Data Is Now Saved In The App

Starlink obstruction tool

The obstruction data in the Starlink app no longer clears with each reboot. This change happened with a recent software update. The obstruction map can be manually reset if needed, and still updates with new information over time. In this article, I’ll explain the new obstruction map behavior and tell you how to reset the data. I will also talk about what Starlink is doing behind the scenes to improve performance for customers with obstructions. Starlink obstruction map If you aren’t already familiar, the Starlink obstruction map is a graphical representation of your dishes view of the sky. The map …

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Gen 3 Mesh Router Now Available In The Shop

Starlink Gen 3 Router

Months after Starlink first launched the Gen 3 dish, customers are finally able to buy additional routers to expand their Wifi coverage. The Gen 3 Mesh Router recently popped up in the Starlink shop. For now, it’s only available in the US, but should expand to other countries as the Gen 3 rollout continues. In this post, I’ll dive into the features of the Gen 3 Mesh Router, explaining the upgrades over the previous version. I will also talk about two surprising developments that I learned with this accessory release. Finally, I’ll compare Starlink’s mesh system to 3rd party alternatives, …

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Starlink Gen 3 Availability Expands To Australia

Starlink availability map for Australia

Out with the old, in with the new. Starting today, another major Starlink market gets access to the next generation hardware. Starlink officially launched the 3rd generation “Starlink Standard” hardware kit in Australia, making it only the second country to have access to the new dish. Starlink originally released the Gen 3 Standard dish in the US back in December 2023. Initially, they offered customers a choice between the Gen 2 Standard Actuated hardware, and the new Gen 3 Standard dish. Several weeks after the initial launch, Starlink stopped offering the Standard Actuated model, and it’s no longer available in …

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$400,000 Worth Of Stolen Starlink Kits Recovered From A Home In New Jersey

Stolen Starlink kits in storage

Yesterday, police in Lawrence Township, New Jersey released details of a large scale fraud operation involving Starlink satellite internet kits. According to a press release posted on the LTPD Facebook page, a suspect is now behind bars for allegedly ordering hundreds of Starlink kits using stolen credit cards. Today’s news is a result of a three month investigation by LTPD detectives. It all started back in December of 2023, when police received a tip about a suspicious number of Starlink packages being delivered to a single-family residence. Police began surveillance of the residence, observing Starlink packages being loaded from the …

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Gen 3 Router And Power Supply Mounts Added To The Shop

Starlink Gen 3 Router Mount

Starlink updated their online shop to include two new Gen 3 accessories, the Gen 3 Router Mount and Gen 3 Power Supply Mount. Both new products are installation accessories, designed to give you more flexibility in where you place the router and power supply. The new items appear at the top of the Gen 3 shop page. Besides the accessories that launched with the new Gen 3 hardware, these are the first new accessories to be revealed for Gen 3. Starlink started selling the new dish to US customers back in December 2023, with relatively few accessories compared to previous …

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New “Deprioritized Standard” Plan Is 50% Cheaper In Exchange For Slower Speeds

Starlink availability map for New Zealand

In many areas of the world, the demand for Starlink service is low, relative to places like the US and Canada. In response, Starlink offers unique incentives and discounts for select markets. These price adjustments are applied to the hardware, the monthly service fee, and sometimes even both. Usually, the incentives are only offered for a limited amount of time. Starlink is trying something different in New Zealand. They’ve created a new service plan, called Deprioritized Standard, which offers customers a steep discount in exchange for slower speeds. Plan details In New Zealand, normal Standard service costs $159/month. Opting instead …

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No Dish Required? SpaceX Uses Starlink Direct-To-Cell To Post Update On X

Direct-to-cell infographic

A 13 word X post will go down in history as the first social media post made using Starlink’s Direct-to-Cell technology. Direct-to-Cell uses existing LTE phone hardware to communicate directly with Starlink satellites, eliminating the need for a bulky Starlink antenna. The official SpaceX account posted the message, and then Elon Musk shared it on his feed. The X post marks continued progress on the Starlink Direct-to-Cell system. Last month, SpaceX successfully sent the first text message using the system. Starlink wants to make the service available to customers later this year. Connecting LTE phones to Starlink satellites Starlink’s Direct-to-Cell …

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SpaceX To De-Orbit Early Starlink Satellites Due To Increased Failure Risk

SpaceX announced that it plans to de-orbit approximately 100 early V1 Starlink satellites in the coming weeks. According to a Starlink press release, this controlled destruction of satellites is necessary to ensure responsible stewardship of space, and minimize the risk of collisions with other spacecraft in the future. “SpaceX has invested heavily in ensuring the safety and sustainability of our launch vehicles, spacecraft, and satellites,” said a SpaceX spokesperson. “This includes exceeding regulations and sharing best practices with the industry.” While all Starlink satellites are designed to naturally de-orbit within five years, SpaceX occasionally de-orbits those at increased risk of failure before the end …

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How To Add Additional Users To Your Starlink Account

Add user contact information

Starlink has updated their account system to support multiple users. This new feature, previously reserved for enterprise customers, is now available for consumer accounts. Customers will now be able to add additional contacts to their account, like family members, a backup email address, or even tenants. In this article, I will go over the update, explaining what it means to add additional users to your Starlink account. I will also walk you through the process of adding an additional contact. Finally, I’ll cover some of the limitations and nuances you should know about. Starlink allows you to add contacts to …

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