At an event hosted by T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert and Elon Musk, they said that their new partnership with SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet will get rid of mobile dead zones.
With their "Coverage Above and Beyond" system, mobile phones could connect to satellites and use a piece of a connection that gave them
This connection should be enough to let you text, send MMS messages, and even use "select messaging apps" whenever you have a clear view of
the sky, even if you don't have regular service. The "satellite-to-cellular service" will be available "everywhere in the continental US, Hawaii, parts of
Alaska, Puerto Rico, and territorial waters," according to a press release from T-Mobile. The service will be available in "select areas" as a beta
version by the end of next year, and Sievert says he hopes it will one day include data. Musk says that the second-generation Starlink satellites
that will launch next year will be able to broadcast service using some of T-mid-band Mobile's PCS spectrum,
, which was made stronger when it was allowed to buy Sprint a few years ago. Musk said that the new satellites have "big, big antennas" that ar
5 to 6 metres across to make the new connections possible, and that the plan is to launch the equipment using its upcoming Starship rocket.