T‑Mobile Takes Coverage Above and Beyond With SpaceX ‑ T‑Mobile Newsroom
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In a live event today, T‑Mobile and SpaceX announced Coverage Above and Beyond: a breakthrough new plan to bring cell phone connectivity nearly everywhere.
  • “The vast majority of smartphones already on T-Mobile’s network will be compatible with the new service using the device’s existing radio.”
  • “Text messaging, including SMS, MMS and participating messaging apps, will empower customers to stay connected and share experiences nearly everywhere.”
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Yeah, this is interesting, and apparently based on some micro-sat company’s technology that SpaceX bought 1-2 years ago.

On a side-node: China’s Baidu GPS-like also includes a similar technology for bi-directional communication that was launched a few weeks ago, but for now it seems to be more targeted at rescue services in east-Asia.

Slight correction: Beidou, not Baidu. Baidu is a Chinese search engine. Beidou is the Chinese word for the north star, a classic symbol of navigation, which is why they chose that name for their GPS competitor.

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Yeah, this is interesting, and apparently based on some micro-sat company’s technology that SpaceX bought 1-2 years ago.

What makes you think that? I guess you’re talking about Swarm Technologies? I don’t think that is what the T-Mobile announcement is about though… it sounds like that network is for extremely low bandwidth sensors etc rather than something as big as MMS and other messaging apps.

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Ah yes maybe. Ah recent article I read made it sound like this was related.

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Starlink is another grift by Elon to continue his ponzi practices of pushing some grand future promise to get suckers to invest in his shit instead of investing in public goods. heres a thread on how much of a mess starlink actually is https://twitter.com/rdrimmel/status/1563158073694310401

governments should be forcing companies to build fiber with all the public funding they’ve been spending on corporate bonuses

“near” times “most” = pretty bad

Whenever a corporation uses that kind of qualifiers, you just know they’re talking out their ass.

The emphasis added in this post seems to speak to the limitation of the technology, because initial support will be for SMS and MMS. Then later on it will support voice and general data which require more bandwith.

Second, I’m surprised T-Mobile is willing to announce a deal with Elon Musk, given he reneged on the last couple of big deals he’s announced

I wish it were different companies doing this.

Which ones?

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The best company to do this would be owned by the public and provide services in a net neutral way. Both SpaceX and Telekom showed in the past they don’t give a shit about net neutrality or even their customers for that matter.

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I’m not sure how SpaceX has shown that they don’t care about NN or customers. I’m not defending SpaceX (I used to work there, I’d never go back), but I’m just curious about your reasons.

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