Starlink, SpaceX’s Internet delivery service, has informed its Ukrainian subscribers of an increase in prices from December 29.
It is a price increase that goes wrong. A terminal that increases from 500 to 700 dollars and a package that increases from 60 to 75 dollars. This is the information received by Starlink customers in Ukraine on November 29. Several of them shared their amazement on Twitter.
The SpaceX service offers internet access anywhere in the world thanks to a constellation of satellites. This offer was a significant support for the Ukrainian army in connection with the Russian invasion. This tool has become almost indispensable for fighters who find it “very difficult to do without”.
A surprise for Ukrainians
Above all, the increase in prices is surprising. Last month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said it was complicated for the company to continue financing systems distributed to Ukraine. After questioning his financial support, he announced on 15 October that he would “continue to fund the Ukrainian government”, and this “even though Starlink is still losing money”. Price inflation is therefore a surprise for Ukrainians.
“Thank you Elon Musk from the entire Ukrainian community, this is the best time to raise subscription prices while Russian missiles bombard our critical infrastructure,” one user tweeted.
For its part, Dzyga’s paw charity foundation was justifiably happy on November 29 to have raised enough money to meet its goal of providing 100 Starlink kits to the Ukrainian people. Its founder Dimko Zhluktenko is to buy 35 systems to add to the 65 already installed.
If the price increase were to affect users already subscribing from November 29, 2022, new customers are already subject to the increased prices. “Not cool, but we will find a profitable solution,” assured Dimko Zhluktenko.