Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities enable ubiquitous access to texting, calling, and browsing wherever you may be on land, lakes, or coastal waters.

Direct to Cell will also connect IoT devices with common LTE standards.


Direct to Cell works with existing LTE phones wherever you can see the sky. No changes to hardware, firmware, or special apps are required, providing seamless access to text, voice, and data. 

A cellphone tower in space

Starlink Satellite Network to Unmodified Cell Phones and Starlink Ground Network. Starlink Ground Network to Partner Operator Network to Talk, Text, and Data Service

Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capability have an advanced eNodeB modem onboard that acts like a cellphone tower in space, allowing network integration similar to a standard roaming partner.


Direct to Cell enables connectivity in remote regions, providing peace of mind when customers need it most. 


SpaceX is leveraging its experience in manufacturing and launching the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink satellites with the Direct to Cell capability at scale.

Direct to Cell satellites will initially be launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and then Starship. On orbit the satellites will immediately connect over laser backhaul to the Starlink constellation to provide global connectivity.

Global Partners

Cellular providers using Direct to Cell have access to reciprocal global access in all partner nations.

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