Anyone interested in Dual-Mode Cellular/Satellite Smartphone?


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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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

3 Responses to Anyone interested in Dual-Mode Cellular/Satellite Smartphone?

  1. Jasen Ambler says:

    Elias,
    I am guessing that the major carriers might start acquisitions of satellite companies to compete with LightSquared-type companies (although their model is wholesale only) as well as to fill any coverage gaps and be able to offer their consumers”Satellite” services. Regardless, LightSquared just secured a funding round of US$750M from Swiss conglomerate UBS. See attached article.

    http://www.von.com/news/2010/09/lightsquared-snags-750m.aspx

    Jasen

  2. Gary Trinder says:

    There is a definite whole in the market for utility companies and emergency services that use / need Satellite communications where traditional mobile coverage is lacking. The price of the device is high but I guess if there were bulk orders it would reduce. Thanks for posting this it was interesting to read.

    Gary

  3. Gary Trinder says:

    should say hole and not whole.

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