Tesla cars will soon connect to Starlink internet directly, will offer internet even when phone not working

SpaceX has reportedly partnered with T-Mobile and other operators to help users provide connections in the areas where there is no traditional service available.

Tesla cars will soon connect to Starlink internet directly, will offer internet even when phone not working

Tesla cars will soon connect Starlink internet directly.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tesla cars will soon connect Starlink internet directly.
  • Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that Starlink V2 will launch next year.
  • One will be able to make voice calls easily and send text messages in dead zones.

It seems that Tesla cars will also have the benefit of Starlink internet. Earlier today, Elon Musk announced that the upcoming Starlink V2 satellite service will be able to provide internet connection to mobile phones, even in dead zones. Now, Musk has confirmed that Tesla cars will offer a similar service, which suggests that one will have access to internet even when their phone is not working.

But, he didn’t reveal how it would work or how much access users can expect to get from the connections. Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that Starlink V2 will launch next year. SpaceX has reportedly partnered with T-Mobile and other operators to help users provide connections in the areas where there is no traditional service available. But, don’t expect to get a very great connection in the dead zones.

Users might witness some amount of delay in sending or receiving any message when using the satellite connection. One will be able to make voice calls easily and send text messages too, but video calls won’t work properly. Musk said that the connectivity will be 2 to 4 Mbits per cell zone.

So, because of low bandwidth, people will only get to use basic features like calling or texting, which is still better than having nothing. He also said that popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessages will have to work with T-Mobile to offer a smoother texting experience in dead zones. It is currently unknown how much T-Mobile will charge for this service or whether it will be a free service.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk and T-Mobile’s Mike Sievert announced the “technology alliance” at an event in Texas. Mike asserted that “It’s a lot like putting a cellular tower in the sky, just a lot harder. Your phone doesn’t really know it’s connecting for space. It’ll think it’s connected to a cell tower, because that phone is using industry-standard technology communication protocols and it has the spectrum already built in, as the vast majority of phones in circulation today do.”

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https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/tesla-cars-will-soon-connect-starlink-internet-directly-will-offer-internet-even-when-phone-not-working-1992885-2022-08-26