Signing of a business agreement between T-Mobile and Elon Musk

T-Mobile CEO and Chairman Mike Seifert, along with billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, announced Thursday night at a live event, Its trade association is to bring cellular phone connectivity to every corner of the United States, including Puerto Rico.

The initiative that bears the name ‘Coverage Above and Beyond’ will use SpaceX’s constellation of satellites for Starlink satellite internet service -which are already offered in many parts of the world- in order to supplement the coverage service currently offered by T-Mobile.

T-Mobile explained that today, despite the powerful LTE and 5G wireless networks, more than half a million square miles in the United States, as well as much of the ocean, are currently not receiving any kind of cellular signal. These are areas where people are fired or pay exorbitant fees for having to use a satellite phone.

SpaceX launched 46 Starlink satellites into orbit in July, just two months after launching 53 satellites, all from California.

companies Seeks to provide text coverage, including SMS, MMS, and shared messaging applications, in virtually all parts of the United States, including Hawaii, parts of Alaska, Puerto Rico, and territorial waters, starting with beta testing in select regions by the end of next year. Voice and data coverage will be added later.

“The important thing about this is that it means there are no dead zones for your cell phone in the world,” Musk said during a live event at SpaceX’s facility in Texas.

The Tesla CEO, who is locked in a legal battle with Twitter, emphasized that the critical benefit of the service is that it can help people in dangerous situations in remote areas.

“We’ve always thought differently about what it means to keep customers connected, which is why we work with the best to deliver better coverage than anything customers have seen before,” Seifert said. “More than being a pioneering alliance, it represents innovators who are transforming the industry and challenging old ways of doing things to create something entirely new that will increase customer connectivity and keep competitors out,” he added.

Both executives confirmed that the service will work for T-Mobile customers with the same phones that the vast majority already own, so they won’t have to put up with new gear.

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