Starlink will begin launching a Direct-to-Cell satellite cellular service in 2024. For now, only SMS exchange will be available, but over time, the company promises access to text messages, calls and web browsing wherever you are.

Starlink has partnered with T-Mobile on a project that was originally announced last August at the “Coverage and Above and Beyond” event. As part of the collaboration, T-Mobile is setting aside some of its 5G spectrum for use by second-generation Starlink satellites; Starlink, in turn, will allow T-Mobile phones to access the satellite network, giving the mobile operator “almost complete coverage” of the United States.

During an event last August, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Starlink V2 will be launched this year on select mobile phones as well as Tesla vehicles. “The important thing is that this means that there are no dead zones anywhere in the world for your cell phone,” Musk said in a press statement at the time. “We’re incredibly excited to do that with T-Mobile.”

The existing constellation of 4265 satellites is not compatible with the new cellular service, so over the next few years, Starlink will have to launch a whole new series of microstats with the necessary eNodeB modem installed. As more satellites are launched, voice and data adding features will become available.

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