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(Pocket-lint) – T-Mobile has announced plans for nationwide mobile coverage in the US in partnership with Elon Musk’s company SpaceX.
Using SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation, T-Mobile is said to be able to provide complete coverage even in the most remote locations.
Currently, more than half a million square miles of the United States are not covered by any wireless service provider. The only solution for people in these regions is to carry an expensive and complicated satellite phone.
This notification is the first step towards making unreachable areas a problem of the past.
“This is not only a game-changing alliance, but a sign that two game-changing innovators are challenging old ways to create something new that will keep customers even closer and fend off competition,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. .
Elon Musk’s statement points to the lofty goal of expanding that connectivity globally. He said, “The most important thing is that there are no cell phone dead zones anywhere in the world. We’re incredibly excited to do this with T-Mobile.”
Initially, however, T-Mobile intends to offer SMS messaging to the entire continental United States, Hawaii, parts of Alaska, Puerto Rico, and territorial seas.
After SpaceX adds more satellites to its extensive satellite portfolio, a beta phase in select areas is planned for late next year.
The CEOs have issued an open invitation to the world’s mobile operators to work together on truly global mobile connectivity.
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