[SatNews] AT&T and TerreStar Networks have introduced the TerreStar™ GENUS™ launched as the only dual-mode cellular-satellite smartphone now available to consumers.
The TerreStar GENUS is a sleek new smartphone that connects to both cellular (AT&T) and satellite (TerreStar) networks, combining 3G wireless capabilities with satellite voice and data in a standard smartphone device.
It provides smartphone functionality and includes features such as a touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth®, GPS and a QWERTY keyboard. To gain satellite connectivity across the U.S, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial waters, users must be in line of sight to the southern sky to gain the convenience of one device, one phone number, and the security that their everyday cellular smartphone also has satellite back-up access.
Described as; From skiing the Telluride slopes to sipping cocktails on the Lakes of the Ozarks, the GENUS takes satellite technology previously used by the government and emergency responders, and brings it to the consumer; ensuring a layer of mobile connectivity never offered before.
TerreStar’s satellite acts as a cell tower in the sky, enabling users to gain a new level of mobile security and an ‘insurance policy,’ knowing that when they are exploring desolate locations, participating in extreme sports or enjoying their vacation in a remote area of the U.S., they can always remain connected.
Additional features include:
- Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system experience
- Innovative form factor: 4.7 inch x 2.5 inch x 0.8/0.6 inch
- Lightweight at just 4.6 oz.
- Integrated Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), USB and GPS connectivity
- Touch Screen, QWERTY Keyboard
- Memory: 100 MB
- Multimedia features you’d expect from your everyday smartphone, including: Windows Mobile Media Player; 2.0-megapixel camera; camcorder format (H.263 simple profile); video and audio playback features and digital voice recording