Starlink’s big discount is ending this week

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Alex Choros
Aug 23, 2023
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Published on August 22, 2023

For the last few months, Starlink has been offering fairly sizeable discounts on hardware fees for Australians living in remote and regional areas. While Starlink hardware can cost as much as $924, those in select rural locations will pay just $399 for hardware until August 25.

$399 is a bit pricier than the deepest discount Starlink has touted out - hardware was going for just $199 for a while - but it's much more palatable than the full price you'd typically pay.

Starlink's residential plans are billed at $139 per month, which is on the pricier side for satellite internet. The reasonably new unlimited Sky Muster Plus Premium satellite NBN plans typically max out at $99 per month, for example. Here's a selection of Sky Muster Plus Premium plans for comparison:

But if NBN hasn't been cutting it, Starlink might be worth a shot. Starlink plans are contract-free and come with a 30-day trial. If you cancel your service within the first 30 days after receiving the hardware, you'll be refunded the full price of the equipment if you return it. Shipping and handling won't be refunded.

More broadly, Starlink has been making waves in Australian thanks to partnerships with both Telstra and Optus. Telstra expects to start reselling Starlink internet plans bundled with a home phone service by the end of the year, while Optus will be using Starlink satellites to expand its mobile coverage from late 2024.

This story first appeared on our sister site WhistleOut Australia.

Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites - Reviews.org, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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