AT&T, TerreStar Networks offer TerreStar Genus
AT&T will partner with TerreStar Networks to bring the latest integrated smartphone mobility solution known as the TerreStar Genus, where it will merge primary cellular wireless connectivity with the ability to connect to a satellite network as a backup, achieving this using a singular phone number on a solitary smartphone device. This integrated mobile communications solution is a two-edged sword, depending on how you look at it. For those who tend to travel a lot and have to traverse through difficult-to-reach areas, the satellite connection will definitely come in handy during an emergency, but for corporate warriors, woe to you if your superior sends the TerreStar Genus as a “gift” to you – it would mean you no longer have any excuse for not being able to receive a phone call or text message due to poor reception in your home.
The satellite part of the TerreStar Genus works Whenever cellular networks are unavailable, with TerreStar’s satellite functioning as a cell site in the sky to provide ample coverage so that you can remain connected while talking. Ideally suited for government, energy, utility, transportation and maritime users, it is useful as a critical communications back-up capability, making it an extremely potent addition to public safety agencies, first responders, emergency services and disaster recovery groups.
The TerreStar Genus smartphone will feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA terrestrial wireless connectivity with satellite voice and data capability in a standard smartphone size and form factor. It will be powered by an unnamed version of the Windows Mobile operating system (presumably 6.1, although we do hope it will ship with 6.5), coupled with features including a 2.6” touchscreen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth support and GPS navigation to help you get around easier. There is no word on pricing, although we do know that AT&T will have a package for consumers as well as their enterprise, government, small business customers and corporate liable users sometime in the first quarter of 2010. Ain’t gonna be cheap, that’s for sure.