For a dual-mode satellite and GSM/EDGE/HSPA offering, look no further than AT&T’s relationship with satellite partner TerreStar. The promotional shot looks a lot like a Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional device in the form factor of the HP iPAQ K3. The device actually looks portable and useable, not like your father’s satellite phone.
The specs disclosed include a 2.6-inch touchscreen display, WiFi, Bluetooth, front-facing QWERTY keyboard in a “a standard smartphone size and form factor.”
The device is currently targeted at enterprise and government clients at this time and neither AT&T nor TerreStar are releasing pricing information. When you sign up, you will sign up for AT&T’s voice and data plan service and use satellite networks to roam. No information is available on how costly the roaming charges will be. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the service will go global, unless you intend on paying AT&T roaming charges as the device will only be available for use in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial coastal waters.
A consumer-oriented version is forthcoming of the Genus satellite phone will be forthcoming
Expect to be able to make calls even in remote wilderness locations when this device launches in the first quarter of 2010.