Anyone interested in Dual-Mode Cellular/Satellite Smartphone?
September 22, 2010 3 Comments
Talk to AT&T Mobility who is finally offering TerreStar Network’s dual-mode cellular/satellite Genus smart phone to enterprise, government and small-business customers. Or it could be the answer for those always complaining about AT&T Mobility’s coverage.
From the limited information I have learned so far about the network, it looks pretty similar to the LTE-based cellular network backed by a satellite based to be offered by Harbinger Capital Partners’ LightSquared or better say SK Telecom’s LightSquard if Harbinger Capital sells it to SK Telecom. Anyone else can comment on this?
The smart phone, which runs Microsoft’s Windows 6.5 operating system, is compatible with the carrier’s basket of terrestrial cellular networks as well as TerreStar’s satellite service when outside of cellular coverage, but within the United States including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands or their respective territorial waters.
The device is pretty pricy – $800 without a contract, but will require both a cellular voice and data plan. There will be an additional $25 monthly charge if you want the device’s satellite capabilities. Voice calls placed using the satellite service will cost 65 cents per minute, data access using the phone’s satellite capabilities will be charged at $5 per megabyte and text messaging will be charged 40 cents each.
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