Tuesday, September 29, 2009

AT&T to Market Terrestar's Satellite Cellular Smartphone Service

AT&T has agreed to market Terrestar's satellite cellular smartphone.

The TerreStar GENUS Smartphone combines AT&T's 3G terrestrial wireless service with Terrerstar's all-IP satellite voice and data as a back-up throughout the United States. The TerreStar satellite footprint also covers Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and offshore coastal waters.

The GENUS smartphone uses the Windows Mobile operating system and includes premium features such as a touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a QWERTY keyboard. The solution is intended to work as a user's everyday cellular smartphone device, with satellite access capability as a secondary option when needed.

  • In July, TerreStar Networks successfully completed the first end-to-end VoIP phone call over its newly launched TerreStar-1, the world's largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite. The call used two handsets developed by EB (Elektrobit). The satellite-terrestrial smartphone reference design represents the world's first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA device running the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, and offering integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities.