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Jan 12, 2006, 3:46 PM

Wasn't Iridium Like This?

Didn't someone try to do satellite phone service before, under the name Iridium?

I heard that didn't work out so well.
Iridium was a project that Moto was participating with. It failed primarily due to financial issues like phones that were being advertised as specials with $500 pricetags and lack of people willing to pay for their service.

Jan 11, 2006, 9:11 PM

Some people think this is already how it works....

You have no idea how many people think this is already how it works! 😕 I'll have maybe one or two a day that I have to educate about how cell towers REALLY work. But I must say touche! This would completely blow away cell phone comanies as we know it. I was excited about wimax, but this just completely blows that out of the water! Just how will carriers try to compete with this? Wow... I am amazed. Does anybody else have any more info....ie: like who is funding this? Or perhaps any manufacturers looking to support phones for this?

I just see Verizon and Cingular buying them out. Cant have that kind of competition ;)
Yeah we get many customers coming in telling us that a cingular rep told them their system works off of satelite. Its funny when they tell me that, I bust out laughing because they actually believe it.

Jan 12, 2006, 9:56 AM

A network of repeaters?

That's the only way I see them getting building covereage
sangyup81 said:
That's the only way I see them getting building covereage

If you read the info, you'd see the company talks about using cellular coverage in densely populated areas. 🙄

Jan 12, 2006, 9:48 PM

latency, high power consumption, bad signal.. everywhere

except ofcourse in the middle of a field on a clear day and... ... no thats about the only place you'll get a decent signal this idea is nuts except for people who live in the middle of nowhere

Jan 12, 2006, 2:45 PM


in another 4 to 5 years Verizon's and Cingular's tower netwrok will be even more complete then they alreay are so i don't see coverage as a huge issue this far down the line. Hopefully when everyones servcie and coverage is up to par we will see prices drop.

Jan 11, 2006, 11:40 PM

Full Coverage Everywhere???

Hopefully this will means that there will be service everywhere you go. I hate going camping or taking roadtrip and not have an signal along the way from time to time.

Sometime it is when you need your phone for emergency. So if this means full coverage everywhere, I am definately signing up.

http://cellphones999.blogspot.com »
Yes, Satellite coverage would be virtually anywere you go. 😉

Jan 12, 2006, 4:03 AM

i dunno bout it...

seems like it would be kinda gay, since you prolly couldnt have no fast time of internet becase of the lag, i mean its atleast a ping of 300 for regular satalite now and thats going through landline uploadlink, so from phone to there and then back prolly like 600 total i think (not sure bout taht though). voice alone dont cut it now and satalite technology aint even close to been really advanced. If it was my XM would work everywhere, also building penetration would be almost impossible i think.

Jan 11, 2006, 11:07 PM

Data? 3G-> 4G

Well from my understanding this would be good for voice, but data on the other hand . . .


Financally for data I think the overload/latency factor would make this service too expensive for the common consumer. I can only see this being used for business purposes intially. Data is the way the mobile industry is trending, this seems like a step in the wrong direction to me. Although this would be good for rural voice roaming!


Jan 11, 2006, 9:48 PM


How much spectrum do they have? You can't do much without spectrum. 🙄
Oh I am sure that they will have plenty of satellite based frequency 🙂
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