Starlink to Offer Direct Cellular Connectivity Alongside Satellite Internet
Starlink Direct to Cell Service to Bring Text Messaging in 2024, Voice Calls, Data, and IoT Support in 2025
Starlink, the satellite internet service by SpaceX, is set to break new ground by introducing cellular connectivity through its brand-new offering, Starlink Direct to Cell. While Starlink already provides global internet access, this expansion will bring cellular services to remote areas around the world.
The initial phase of Starlink Direct to Cell, set for 2024, will enable LTE phones to send text messages. Following this, the service will evolve to support voice calls and data in addition to accommodating IoT devices like smartwatches by 2025. Remarkably, no special phone, firmware update, or app will be required. Starlink’s service will seamlessly function on existing devices, granted there’s a clear line of sight to the sky with no obstructions to the satellite signal.