Qualcomm to Integrate Satellite and Cell Phones
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Sep 22, 2008, 10:21 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Today Qualcomm announced that it will begin building new chips that will allow for combined cellular/satellite phones. Qualcomm struck an agreement with satellite providers Mobile Satellite Ventures and ICO Global Communications. It will incorporate their technology into new baseband chips for use in cell phones so that phones can use both cellular networks and satellite networks for voice services. The chips will be ready for manufacturers to incorporate into phones beginning in 2010. Qualcomm and partners hope that they can achieve economies of scale so that the new chips can be be used in mass market handsets.
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Currently, satellite is too expensive.
"The cost of making calls from a satellite phone varies from around $0.15 to $2 per minute, while calling them from landlines and regular mobile phones is extremely expensive. Rates from landlines and mobile phones range from $3 to $14 per minute with Iridium and INMARSAT being some of the most expensive networks to call. The receiver of the call pays nothing, unless they are being called via a special reverse-charge service. Making calls between different satellite phone networks is also notoriously expensive with calling rates of up to $15 per minute.
2010 Satellite Oddity
Ask them when service will be available? not Q*
My bet 2012............ 😢
this should be awesome.
another qualcomm hype.....
Too bad MSV does not do real voice services
Should Be A Boon To Rural Customers