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    We've already seen one hybrid satellite phone shown off far in advance of its promised release date this month, and Elektrobit now looks to be doing things one better, with it debuting an even less satellite phone-looking device that's supposedly coming even sooner. If the company is to be believed, you'll be able to get your hands on the Windows Mobile-based device pictured above sometime in 2009, with it offering everything you'd expect from a standard smartphone with the added benefit of always-on satellite access for times when you stray beyond a cellular signal. That bit of convenience will come from the TerreStar satellite network, which hasn't actually launched yet but, last we heard, was still on track for the end of this year. As for the phone itself, you can apparently expect to get Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, along with HSDPA support, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, a 3-megapixel camera, and voice controls, among other standard smartphone features. No word on a price just yet, but Elektrobit says it'll be "cost competitive" with standard cellphones.


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    I don't really need a satellite phone, but this one looks nice.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008 edited
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    As somebody who works in the Airline Entertainment industry (oxymoron, I know) I find this intriguing. How long will it be before there is satellite broadband on most personal laptops? Why pay for the iffy in-flight movie when you can just stream it from your Netflix account? I brought this up to a co-worker, and he says that the airlines are trying to put a stop to this sort of thing ("OMG! PORN!") but I don't think it's going to work, short of refitting the hull with stuff strong enough to block the signal. I think this is the first nail in my company's coffin unless they learn to adapt with it.
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    How long will it be before there is satellite broadband on most personal laptops?

    Oh, crap. I didn't think about that one.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
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    Yeah. It'll probably be something like a TerreStar usb plug-in.

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