TerreStar's Hybrid Cell-Sat Phone Meets FCC Muster
The Genus hybrid cellular-satellite phone that was announced earlier this year has been approved for use in the U.S. by the FCC. The Genus runs Windows Mobile and the FCC confirms it has quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band UMTS/HSDPA 3G radios on board. Previously revealed specs include a 2.6-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. AT&T and TerreStar announced their hybrid satellite-cellular phone partnership in September of this year. The service will provide normal cellular access when users are covered by AT&T's cellular network, and can seamlessly switch to the satellite network for coverage in remote areas of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial coastal waters. The service is not going to be available until the first quarter of 2010. Availability of the handset and its cost have not been announced.
Garmin inReach Brings Satellite Messaging to Your Phone
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.
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.
AT&T Hopes to Score Spectrum from Cellular Properties
AT&T recently filed paperwork with the FCC seeking permission to buy some Cellular A Block and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum in question covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
why? i bet it costs 10buk extra a month!
use on the plane??
i think they are full of **** when they say...
(please turn off all mobile phones where it can interfere pilot flying equipment)
yeah it might get me to fiji? or maybe worst Afghan?
Improved ATT map?
And because satellite coverage is only good for 'out in the open' I think this is more of a gimmick right now for ATT.