Starlink satellite internet dishes start popping up at Tesla Supercharger stations
Tesla's global Starlink internet service may already beam to your home for an affordable price, but if you subscribe to the company's Supercharger network, you might get it for free. That's what one Reddit user noticed and lived to snap a picture of over the weekend. Tesla, it turns out, is gradually equipping its Superchargers with satellite internet, so you can stream those movies while bored in the charging queue.
According to the service's marketing fluff, "Starlink can deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable." One of these deprived locations seems to be Tesla's Supercharger in Lake City, FL, on top of which Tesla has installed a Starlink Dishy McFlatface satellite dish, perhaps to compensate for the exorbitant charging rates in Florida.
Thus, instead of Tesla's premium cellular connectivity service for US$10 a month, you can now use its Starlink Wi-Fi off a McFlatface dish at select Supercharger stations for free, just as Elon Musk promised earlier this year. Starlink access costs $99 a month, with an extra $499 for the initial Starlink Kit, and the satellite internet service has been promising up to 300Mbps download speeds available by the end of the year. Tesla's low-earth orbit satellites only provide Starlink availability in select regions and several countries like the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Portugal, Australia, and New Zealand for now.