US customers interested in Starlink satellite internet can now easily purchase a subscription as SpaceX has removed the waitlist requirement. To get started with an order, simply enter your address on Starlink’s website.
According to a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), SpaceX announced the deployment of their second-generation Starlink satellites. These new satellites have four times more capacity than the first generation, allowing connectivity for even more people across the country. Starlink’s availability map shows that the service is readily accessible throughout the United States, with the majority of the country colored light blue.
The removal of the waitlist is a significant milestone for Starlink, as it had limited access to its service while gradually expanding capacity. The expanded availability enabled by the second-gen satellites is expected to increase Starlink’s user count. Over the past nine months, the company has gained approximately one million new customers, bringing their total customer base to over two million. Initially, Starlink aimed to achieve 20 million users by 2022.
However, to meet its earlier projections, Starlink will need to accelerate its subscriber growth. The company generated $1.4 billion in revenue by the end of 2022, significantly lower than its previous estimate of $12 billion in revenue and $7 billion in operating profit.
Cost may continue to be a potential deterrent for potential customers. Starlink introduced new plans in May with high-speed internet at steep prices. The plans range from $250 to $5,000 per month, in addition to a one-time equipment fee of $2,500. The equipment kit includes a Starlink dish, power supply, wall mount, Wi-Fi router, required cables, and a base.
Starlink’s low-earth orbit satellites offer high-speed, low-latency internet service, benefiting areas where conventional services were previously unavailable. These satellites orbit approximately 35,000 km closer to the Earth than other satellites, resulting in shorter round-trip data times and improved speeds.