T-Mobile: Goal of enhancing SpaceX satellite-to-cell with voice and data could take a few years

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — SpaceX’s launch of the first Starlink satellites capable closing emergency-message links directly to unmodified smartphones using T-Mobile spectrum in the United States will take several years to expand into a service including voice and data, T-Mobile said.

The six direct-to-cell (D2C)-capable satellites launched Jan. 2 along with 14 other standard Starlink V2 Mini satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be used for testing the service in the United States as part of the T-Mobile . . .

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