New Network Could Compete With Cellular Phone Service
Jan 11, 2006, 8:40 PM by (staff)
Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) today fired a shot across the bow of American Cellular carriers, announcing it has placed an order with Boeing for three satellites. The company intends to launch the satellites by 2010 in order to provide mobile voice and data to customers across North and South America. MSV will use additional technology (possibly cellular) on the ground to provide coverage in dense urban areas where satellite signals are weak. The company believes that by the time service launches, that satellite handsets will be about the size and cost of today's mobile phone.
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Garmin this week announced its inReach series of satellite communicators. These standalone handheld devices can also be paired with any Android, iOS or Windows 10 smartphone to provide satellite-based text messaging and GPS mapping on your phone even where there is no cellular coverage.
US Cellular Coverage Reaches Google's Project Fi
Google has updated its Project Fi app in order to take advantage of cellular coverage offered by U.S. Cellular.
Google Buys SkyBox for $500 Million
Google today said it has purchased SkyBox Imaging, a satellite company, for $500 million in cash. Google said it will use SkyBox's satellites, which can resolve objects on the ground of less than one meter, to keep Google Maps up to date with the latest images.
Project Fi Earns More Coverage Thanks to U.S. Cellular
Google today said it has supplemented Project Fi's cellular coverage with the addition of U.S. Cellular.
Wasn't Iridium Like This?
I heard that didn't work out so well.
Some people think this is already how it works....
I just see Verizon and Cingular buying them out. Cant have that kind of competition ;)
A network of repeaters?
That's the only way I see them getting building covereage
If you read the info, you'd see the company talks about using cellular coverage in densely populated areas.
latency, high power consumption, bad signal.. everywhere
Full Coverage Everywhere???
Sometime it is when you need your phone for emergency. So if this means full coverage everywhere, I am definately signing up.
i dunno bout it...
Data? 3G-> 4G
Financally for data I think the overload/latency factor would make this service too expensive for the common consumer. I can only see this being used for business purposes intially. Data is the way the mobile industry is trending, this seems like a step in the wrong direction to me. Although this would be good for rural voice roaming!