'Scammed by Starlink': Customers are frustrated with price hikes for uplink kits they still haven't received months after paying $100 deposits
Starlinkcustomers told Insider they're frustrated with the price hikes announced in March.
- Two said they'd had trouble getting their $100 deposits returned for uplink kits they haven't received.
Alan Sbi was fed up with his satellite
Sbi told Insider that since then, he'd heard nothing from
At the end of March 2022, Sbi requested a refund of his Starlink deposit because of the price hikes – but has had trouble getting his money back because he can't get hold of the company.
"I feel I was scammed by Starlink," Sbi said. "This is not fair business practices. The company had my money for over a year, I need that money back, there shouldn't be any conditions on how to receive my money back."
Sbi isn't the only customer frustrated with Starlink's delays, price hikes, and apparent lack of customer service.
Rich Kecher, in south Virginia, said he'd had trouble getting his Starlink deposit refunded after about a year. He told Insider of an "outrageous lack of communication" from Starlink, which had pushed back its expected start-date for service in his area from November 2021 to late-2022.
"The price increase was the final straw," Kecher said.
After ordering Starlink in April 2021, Denise Elise said she received two emails from Starlink — one a payment confirmation, the other about the price hike.
She told Insider: "I don't want to cancel my order because I live in a rural area and need some kind of internet. I really want to try this." However, she said she was unhappy Starlink had increased prices before she'd received her uplink kit, adding that Musk was "making money on our money."
Elise said Starlink hadn't responded to any of her emails.
Tim Nash, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, received his Starlink kit in February 2022. One month later, he was hit by the Starlink service price hike.
Despite paying more than he initially expected, Nash said Starlink was "well worth it" – but complained of customer service that was "nearly non-existent."
"If your internet isn't working, how do you get help?" Nash said. "Weird model."
Lluc Palerm, an analyst at Northern Sky Research, said Starlink customers hit by price rises for products they hadn't yet received "obviously" had "something to get angry about." He said Starlink was "not putting resources into customer services so it's natural that you get those kind of complaints."
Palerm said: "They are a startup, and their main focus now is on the constellation and development, so it's not surprising that their customers have recieved very little support."
He suggested Starlink terminals were in fact worth much more than even their inflated cost, with the industry putting each terminal's value at around $2,000.
Insider verified the four Starlink customers' complaints about the company through proof of purchase emails and correspondence they sent to SpaceX.
SpaceX didn't respond to Insider's request for comment.
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