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April 10th, 2011

TerreStar... Staying Connected (SATCOM)

[SatNews] From skiing the Rocky Mountains to sailing around the U.S. Virgin Islands, getting a mobile connection in remote locations can often prove difficult – if not impossible!

  TerreStar™ GENUS™ — an integrated satellite-cellular smartphone — has changed the game in mobile communications, offering a feature-rich approach to mobile satellite communications. About the size of a deck of cards, the GENUS connects to the AT&T wireless network for primary cellular connectivity, and gains satellite connectivity through the power of TerreStar-1, the world’s largest commercial communications satellite, which acts as a cell tower in the sky. With the additional layer of satellite connectivity and security in a convenient smartphone form factor, the mobile user’s everyday phone easily becomes an emergency satellite phone when the user is out of cellular coverage or the network is unavailable.

As the world’s only satellite-enabled smartphone, the GENUS offers the ultimate wireless backup capability, leveraging the cellular network as the primary mode and satellite connectivity as a secondary option for voice, data and messaging. With just one phone number and one contact list – on one device – users with a line of sight to the southern sky can gain access to expanded voice and data roaming coverage in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and in coastal waters up to 200 miles offshore. The GENUS runs on the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, providing rich functionality and a full spectrum of premium smartphone features, such as touchscreen, camera, MicroSD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and full QWERTY keyboard. More information at www.terrestar.com,