AT&T has just announced that the long-awaited TerreStar GENUS dual-mode cellular / satellite smartphone is available and can be ordered from AT&T sales representatives. Targeting business and government customers, this baby won't come cheap and will only be good choice for those affording to pay high rate plans for satellite connection.Tagged as smartphone, TerreStar GENUS runs on a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 platform and enables owners to use the phone's capabilities even in places where mobile coverage is lacking or when the cellular network is unavailable.
Further, AT&T's new Satellite Augmented Mobile Service with the TerreStar GENUS dual-mode cellular / satellite smartphone is also available for enterprise, government and small business customers that need such a device.
The smartphone is a 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.
“We understand the importance 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.
“With this expansion of AT&T's innovative mobility portfolio, AT&T is helping businesses and government agencies stay connected with a single device, single support contact and single bill,” added Antieri.
Even with only one phone number and one smartphone device, users with a line of sight to the satellite will have access to expanded voice and data roaming coverage in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial waters.
Other key features of the device include touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, camera and GPS.
TerreStar GENUS can be ordered from any AT&T sales representative for no less then $799. A $25/per month satellite service is also required.
If you think this device is cool, bear in mind that you'll be paying a lot when the satellite is accessed (65 cents / minute, 40 cents / message, and $5 / MB).