TerreStar Satellite Phone for Remote North American Frontier

October 3, 2009 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

AT&T Inc. plans to sell a satellite phone from TerreStar Corp. that can place calls even in the deep wilderness or at sea. Due out in 1Q10, the TerreStar Genus phone will have smartphone features, including a touch screen and QWERTY keyboard, and will use both AT&T’s ground-based wireless network as well as TerreStar satellite service in remote parts of North America outside the cellular network or when cell towers have been knocked out by hurricanes or other disasters.

            AT&T didn’t disclose the price of the phone or the service. TerreStar expects satellite calls to cost less than $1 per minute, which Iridium and Globalstar’s bulkier phones cost. (Iridium satellite phones cover the whole world.) To connect to TerreStar’s satellite, the phone will need a clear view of the southern sky, which means it will be difficult to use indoors.

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