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AT&T and TerreStar to Offer Hybrid Sat/Cell Phones

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OldPhone

Sep 30, 2009, 12:00 PM
... of a device like this is NOT for people who live on fringe coverage, it is not for people who drop calls in areas of no coverage...It is for people who travel and work in areas of no coverage, i.e., Alaskan pipeline, off-shore oil-riggers, people in the vast non-populated areas of the American west. It is absolutely NOT going to be cheap, because, satellite service has always been very expensive, but, if you are in the niche market that needs the added coverage, or already subscribe to satellite service and now want satellite and cellular on one device, it is for you. They are more than willing to pay for the satellite service, otherwise, it's not for you.
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PhonemanJ

Sep 30, 2009, 12:13 PM
According to another site, the cost of the equipment will be $800-$900. You will sign up for a regular voice plan plus pay $24.99/mo for satellite access. Calls in the US will run $.65 and data $5.00/Megabyte. Still, that is on a par, or even less than some satellite providers and allows you the convenience of just having to carry 1 device for your communications.
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Azeron

Sep 30, 2009, 1:59 PM
There are not a lot of people with a true need for satellite service, but this will bring an option for those who do.
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