TerreStar Genus hybrid satellite phone for AT&T with Windows Mobile is selling for $799
Naturally, its $799 price point will surely be considered as a premium when you take into consideration that it relies on AT&T's GSM/HSPA network while reverting to a satellite connection when AT&T's presence is missing or lost. In addition, the pricing structure for service isn't going to be cheap in any way, especially when you'll have to pay as additional $25 per month for the handset – which looks to provide you 65 cents per minute, 40 cents per text, and a hefty $5 per megabyte of data.
Granted, the handset will receive regular and satellite calls all on the same number, but it appears as though the satellite connection is only enabled as long as you're near and around the US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the surrounding oceans. Unfortunately, you're going to be out of luck if you travel abroad.
1. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
So why would someone want this phone again?
2. Visitor (unregistered)
TerreStar GENUS dual-mode cellular/satellite smartphone is now available for enterprise, government and small business customers. Intended to be used primarily as an everyday mobile device, the TerreStar GENUS smartphone is an innovative dual-mode device with cellular wireless capability as the primary default mode and satellite access capability as a secondary option for voice, data and messaging. You will have the ability to stay connected in remote locations and especially in emergency situations, and today's announcement is the latest example of AT&T's commitment to delivering the highest levels of service, quality and reliability for customers," said Michael Antieri, president-Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.
3. Butter Ass (unregistered)
^ Thanks for the input, slave.
5. T.S. (unregistered)
It's pricey, but not as costly as traditional satellite phones tend to be. It will be interesting to see if the reception is decent with the lower price phone.