Wednesday, April 1, 2009

TerreStar and EB Ready Satellite-Terrestrial Smartphone for Upcoming Launch

TerreStar Networks and EB (Elektrobit) demonstrated an integrated satellite-terrestrial smartphone reference design for the upcoming Terrestar mobile satellite service.

TerreStar's forthcoming service will enable users across North America to be connected to TerreStar's network through a "virtual handshake" between the next-generation mobile satellite and a next generation terrestrial network. Launch of TerreStar's satellite is expected later this quarter. Highlights of the satellite-terrestrial reference device include:

  • Compact form factor with an internal antenna

  • The world's first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smartphone with integrated all-IP satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities;

  • The only fully IP-based satellite phone using high-speed packet data;

  • The first satellite-terrestrial smartphone with a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard;

  • The first satellite-terrestrial smartphone with planned service offerings, including: SMS, MMS, IM, Email, Push to Talk and Location Based Services (LBS).