Why does Starlink deduct monthly subscription prices for numerous consumers?
Starlink, Elon Musk’s internet-from-space service provided by SpaceX, is notifying customers with some good news that they are deducting monthly subscription prices for customers. Is it for the goodwill of consumers or companies? Let's see this news update in brief.
What did the genius notify the consumers?
I received one for my Starlink RV service, which normally costs me €124 monthly in the Netherlands. It says, "Effective 8/24/2022, Starlink is reducing your monthly service fee to €105." Well, ok.
The price cut is welcome when everything else is getting more expensive due to inflation. "The price reduction factors in your local market conditions and is meant to reflect parity in purchasing power across our customers," reads the announcement.
What is the situation in other countries?
The situation in the United States is less clear. Others are reporting similar discounts in locations around the world. For example, on Reddit, a person in the UK reports a reduction in their monthly fee to £75 (down from £89), Mexico to MXN 1,100 (down from MXN 2,299), and Germany €80 (down from €100).
Users in Chile and Brazil are reporting price cuts of around 50 percent. A spot check on Starlink’s respective service pages in each country supports the above claims. The situation in the United States, where the dollar has been surging against foreign currencies, is less clear.
A person in Nevada reports a reduction to $85 ($110), but Starlink's pages still show a monthly subscription price of $110 after a one-time $599 purchase of the hardware kit. A few other people claiming to be from the United States note that they haven’t received any price reduction.
Is there any valid reason for this deduction?
So far, there's no mention of a reduction in speed or the addition of strict data caps following the discounted subscriptions. The most expensive Starlink Maritime option for yachts, cruise ships, and other boats costs a whopping US$5,000 a month on top of the US$10,000 one-time equipment purchase for two Starlink terminals.
Elon Musk says that if market conditions improve and inflation decreases, he may lower the "embarrassing" Tesla car prices. Still, SpaceX now gives a surprise start to the price reduction process in its business empire.
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