You can now get SpaceX's Starlink Mini internet antenna that can fit in your backpack

The small kit comes with a built-in Wi-Fi router that promises internet anywhere in the US, and it's no longer tied to a home subscription.
Written by Artie Beaty, Contributing Writer
Image courtesy of @michaelnicollsx, VP of Starlink Engineering at SpaceX

SpaceX's satellite internet is getting a lot more portable and a lot more available. The startup known for its space-powered Starlink internet program has introduced a mobile mini antenna that's small enough to fit in a backpack.

In announcing the product on X in June, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote, "I just set it up right now and am writing this post through space. Took less than 5 mins. Easily carried in a backpack. This product will change the world." Musk followed up by posting a purported speed test for the connection, showing a 100 Mbps download speed, an 11.5 Mbps upload speed, and a 23ms latency. 

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When the device debuted last month, it was tied to a residential Starlink subscription, meaning not just anyone could sign up. SpaceX has since removed that requirement, opening Starlink Mini to everyone.

The Mini, which costs $599, provides internet access anywhere in the US, SpaceX says. Service costs $50 per month for a 50GB plan - Mini Roam - or $150 per month for unlimited data - Mobile Regional. You can pause and unpause service at any time, with billing in one month increments. In-motion use is only supported on the Mini Roam service plan, but On Mobile Regional customers can opt in to use in-motion by the GB.

The device weighs just over two pounds and measures 12 inches by 10 inches by 1.5 inches, which is only a little bigger than a piece of paper (but much thicker, of course). Starlink Mini is significantly smaller and lighter than a regular Starlink dish, and uses a lot less power. If you're concerned about keeping Starlink Mini safe outdoors, you should know that it's designed to work in temperatures from -22°F to 122°F and is IP67 dust and water-resistant.

If you often find yourself in places without a cell connection, the Starlink Mini just might be for you.

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