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Elon Musk, T-Mobile to launch mobile services underwater, remote areas

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By 2023, smartphone users will be able to utilise their mobile service underwater or in remote areas.

This is due to a partnership between Elon Musk’s satellite business SpaceX and network operator T-Mobile.

According to reports, SpaceX, the parent company of internet operator Starlink, and T-Mobile are collaborating to leverage their services to enable smartphone customers to use their mobile phones in distant places without having to upgrade to a bigger satellite phone.

The current smartphones are designed to connect with cell towers within about 10 km (6 mi), making it impossible for users to operate their mobile service in remote areas without cell towers.

However, with a satellite-connected phone, smartphone service remains connected 500 km away.

And with SpaceX operating 2,700 satellites in the orbit, the firm owned by Elon Musk, T-Mobile will connect to Starlink’s second-generation satellites.

Although the connection will not enable voice calls in remote areas, Prime Business Africa learned that messaging, MMS, and some messaging apps will continue to function.

It is reported that the service only be made available to T-Mobile users in the United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.

Recall that in August, SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, had stated on Twitter that, “Starlink V2, launching next year, will transmit directly to mobile phones, eliminating dead zones worldwide”.

Also, during a joint session in August between Musk and T-Mobile Chief Executive Officer, Mike Sievert, the former world’s richest person said: “This won’t have the kind of bandwidth a Starlink terminal will have, but this will enable texting, it will enable images and if there aren’t too many people in the cell zone, you can even potentially have a little bit of video”.

Musk also stated: “We will no longer read about these tragedies that happened where people got lost an if only they could have called for help they’d be ok”.

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