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SpaceX, T-Mobile to connect satellites to cellphones in remote areas

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX and T-Mobile plan to use Starlink satellites to provide connection to the cellphone carrier’s users across the U.S. Reaching far corners has long been a goal in wireless communications, but some efforts have had difficulty making it financially viable. Photo: Michael Gonzalez/Getty ImagesUpdated Aug. 25, 2022 11:01 pm ET

SpaceX and T-Mobile US said they plan to work together to use the rocket company’s satellites to provide connections to T-Mobile cellphones across the U.S., even in remote areas with no current wireless service.

The companies said Thursday that the new service would use Starlink satellites that SpaceX plans to launch and provide connections to U.S. consumers using wireless spectrum controlled by T-Mobile. The companies said they plan to start with a test of text-messaging services in select markets before the end of 2023.

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