The waiting list for Starlink is over 500,000 people long. That’s quite a bit considering that there are only around 100,000 users at the moment.

But don’t let that discourage you. The reason the waiting list is so long is because the product is worth it. SpaceX’s Starlink has created a truly innovative service that could revolutionize rural internet. By launching thousands of satellites into low-earth orbit, SpaceX is able to provide higher speeds and lower latencies than the satellite internet providers before it. People are joining the waiting list because they know this is something new and something good.

Another reason not to be discouraged is because that waiting list is going to start shrinking quickly. Starlink is soon ending its year-long beta and will begin accelerating satellite dish production so they can get the service out to more and more people.

If you live in an area that already has access to Starlink, they could reach your spot in the list really soon. If you live in an area that Starlink doesn’t cover yet, the wait could be a little longer, as you’re not just waiting for more satellite dishes to be manufactured, but also for more satellites to be launched into space.

Either way, there’s no harm in joining the waiting list. The $99 deposit is fully refundable and once your spot on the list is reached, that deposit will be applied toward your purchase. The sooner you visit the Starlink website to join the waiting list, the sooner you’ll be able to get your dish and begin your service.

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