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They supposedly have a 40,000 km (about a 25,000 mile) range, but over the years people have been transported to far greater distances. In the reboot Star Trek (2009) as example, Scotty and Kirk are shown to beam aboard Enterprise while it's traveling at warp, light years away. How can this be?

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Actually, the ability to tranport inter-planetary distances was shown to be possible in the original Trek Series, in the episode "Assignment Earth",

SPOCK: The beam is originating at least one thousand light years away.

SCOTT: No transporter beam can reach that far, not even in our century. (Kirk enters.)

KIRK: Something is shaking us apart.

SCOTT: It's locked, it's locked our circuits wide open.

(One of the transporter pads has activated.)

KIRK: You're right. Something is beaming aboard.

Given that Khan transports from Earth to Klingon in the rebooted Trek film, and that the Klingon border is described in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as being "a thousand light years away from Earth", this also the answer to your question.

1000 Light years is the farthest we see anyone transport, however there's no evidence that this is the upper range.

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Yes I remember 'Assignment Earth'. I actually watched it when it first aired. That was Gary 7, a perfect human bred and raised by a hidden, highly advanced civilization that would remain unknown even in Kirk's time if I remember correctly. A thousand+ light years with a Federation transporter!? I need to check this. I can't see that being topped. –  Morgan Apr 25 at 6:38
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BTW Gary had an awesome cat. –  Morgan Apr 25 at 6:40
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I haven't seen that one so let me get my mind around this; After his attack on Starfleet HQ, Khan escaped by transporting from Earth to Kronos, a thousand light years away, using a Klingon PORTABLE transporter device!? Why not just get rid of starships and call this superior, apparently unlimited transport ability 'The Abrams Effect'? –  Morgan Apr 25 at 6:56
    
@morgan - I'm pretty sure Gary Seven wasn't human, he was humanoid –  Richard Apr 25 at 7:09
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I just pulled up Memory Alpha. It had this to say about him; Gary Seven was a Human male whose ancestors were abducted from Earth around 4000 BC. (we don't know by whom) He held the position of Class One Supervisor, known as Supervisor 194. He was grown and conditioned in some way which allowed him to have a completely healthy and flawless body; furthermore he was insensitive to the impact of the Vulcan nerve pinch. His cat was named 'Isis'. –  Morgan Apr 25 at 7:22
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