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TerreStar's Hybrid Cell-Sat Phone Meets FCC Muster

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Dec 2, 2009, 8:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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