The French will pay less for Elon Musk’s Internet plan than everyone else

News hardware The French will pay less for Elon Musk’s Internet plan than everyone else

While access to Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service provider, is renowned for its very high prices, it is becoming more affordable in France thanks to a very significant price drop.

Sending satellites into space is expensive, very expensive. And to make the deployment of the hundreds of satellites that allow Starlink to operate profitable, Elon Musk’s company has got into the habit of sending hefty invoices to its customers wishing toaccess the Internet anywhere in the world.

At the beginning of July, we learned that the Starlink Maritime subscription was going to cost 5000 dollars per month. Incredibly high price, intended to equip luxury yachts with the firm’s technology. What cool most technophiles, but probably by the owners of a leisure boat probably costing several tens of millions of euros.

Starlink antenna on a boat

Nevertheless Starlink isn’t just for billionaires eager to have the network to send photos to Instagram from the middle of the ocean. The company’s technology can also connect isolated homes anywhere in the world. Where 5G antennas and fiber optic cables do not pass, Starlink is there. And this can also concern France.

Taking advantage of a satellite connection to Starlink requires installing an official connection pack, which previously cost 705 euros in France. From now on, this price drops to 684 eurosand it includes the first month of subscription. This one, previously fixed at 99 euros, goes to 50 euros.

It should be noted that until March 2022, the cost of the pack, including in particular the satellite antenna to be installed on the roof of his house, amounted to 499 euros. On this point, if Starlink makes a little effort, the price is still high. However, it is quickly amortized by a monthly subscription, the price of which is halved.

If using Starlink to access the Internet has a little “hype” and futuristic side that is not negligible, the investment is still substantial. The acquisition and installation of the dish are necessarily a constraint and the cost of the monthly subscription remains higher than most conventional subscriptions to Fiber.

The French will pay less for Elon Musk's Internet plan than everyone else

Unless installed in a place where no other network passes, such as in the mountains, for example, it is likely that cheaper alternatives exist. Therefore, before immediately turning to Starlink’s offer, it is useful to check which other operators can offer a competitive offer. For information, Starlink promises throughput between 50 and 150 megabits per second.

The fact that Starlink decides to lower its prices in France is also perhaps the sign of a complicated market for this operator. Still, the French proposal remains notably lower than elsewhere: in the USA, the monthly subscription still costs 99 dollars.

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