T-Mobile, SpaceX promise ‘end of dead zones’ with cell phones connected to satellites

T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert and SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk unveiled their grand plan to connect people – and it involves new Starlink satellites that will be able to connect to T-Mobile phones already in customers’ hands.

From a stage in Starbase, Texas, the two executives talked about how they’re in the early stages of a technical partnership to connect people in remote areas of the U.S.

It’s using a dedicated slice of mid-band 1.9 GHz PCS spectrum to be integrated into the Starlink satellites that are launched next year. Sievert said it’s like putting a cellular tower in the sky, just “a lot harder,” which is why T-Mobile teamed with the experts at SpaceX to make it all happen.