Our cell phones are of no use when we are in the middle of a jungle or out in the sea, not covered by our carrier’s network. In such remote locations, satellite phones could only help you to communicate with your friends and family back home. Realizing this limitation of cell phones, AT&T has decided to bring a smartphone, dubbed TerreStar Genus, which will be an amalgamation of a cellular smartphone and a satellite phone. However, this TerreStar smartphone could only communicate within the US territory and its neighboring regions. Therefore, you can’t call this a world phone that can be used for communicating from any remote corner of the globe. TerreStar Genus will cover the entire US, including its offshore coastal water, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
TerreStar Genus features
According to need and network coverage, users can easily switch between cellular and satellite modes. This smartphone can be quite useful during natural disasters or during emergencies when the terrestrial network becomes jammed. Genus is a Windows Mobile device, running on the robust Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional platform. It comes with a 2.6-inch touch sensitive display. The candy bar phone also features QWERTY keypad. The 3-megapixel camera of TerreStar Genus is equipped with auto focus, zoom, flash and video recorder. This phone also includes MP3 music player with access to AT&T Mobile Music. Genus boasts push-to-talk and speakerphone features for easy communication. TerreStar Genus will enable users to exchange text messages, multi media messages and email with this handset.
Chatting will be powered by Windows Live. Revamped Internet Explorer Mobile browser with Flash is installed in this smartphone. Users can access features such as Windows Marketplace for Mobile and My Phone web back up service. Genus has 100 MB internal storage space, which can be further expanded with microSD memory card. For smooth connectivity, Genus includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This GSM phone can run on AT&T’s 3G network for speedy communication. The battery of this TerreStar smartphone supports up to 5 hours of talk time and 170 hours of standby time. The integrated GPS and the preinstalled Google Maps for Mobile along with AT&T’s navigation service would help users to find directions on the move.
TerreStar Genus will be available from early next year.