Starlink Direct to Cell: Stay Connected Off the Grid with New Cellular Service
Starlink to Offer Cellular Connectivity, Starting with Text Messages in 2024, Voice Calls, Data, and IoT Support in 2025
Starlink, known for providing global internet connectivity via satellites, is expanding its services to offer cellular connectivity through a new offering called Starlink Direct to Cell. This service, set to launch next year, aims to keep users connected even in remote locations.
The initial phase of this service, starting in 2024, will allow LTE phones to send text messages. Subsequently, it will expand to include voice calls, data transmission, and support for IoT devices like smartwatches in 2025. Notably, customers won’t require a different phone, firmware update, or a dedicated app. Starlink’s Direct to Cell will function on existing devices, provided they have a clear line of sight to the sky, without obstructions interfering with the satellite signal.