AT&T to work with TerreStar to release its first Hybrid cellular / satellite smartphone in early 2010
Exciting news for AT&T customers, AT&T today announces that it is working with TerreStar to make a Hybrid cellular / satellite smartphone In US for us. The Genustm smartphone ‘s key feature is working with TerreStar’s satellate service, which eables the device to normally 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.
In addtion, the satellate phone will still run on window mobile, and supports quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band UMTS/HSDPA 3G radios. Other features include聽 a 2.6-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.聽 It is said the service won’t be come out untill early 2010, and the Hybrid smartphone won’t be released for us, but will聽 be available to government and business customers first. New AT&T Cell phones
Unfortunately, the service and the device’s exact price is unkown. But according to another site, it is sad 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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