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.
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.