AT&T, one of the most reliable carrier in the U.S unveiled a new satellite phone having the ability to provide phone communications where no cell towers are located. The brand new handset has been named TerreStar Genus, which is a dual mode smartphone which by default uses its parent network being AT&T but goes in rhythm in remote areas connecting the handset with a satellite reception.
Developers at AT&T have taken enough time to develop the handset as to bring in all the features such as voice, data, and messaging so that it looks no different than the smartphone.
AT&T is nowhere targeting normal subscribers to make it a market winner but have eyed enterprise, government and small business customers who might want Satellite services. Moreover, the company wants the government departments, utilities and transportation companies as well as disaster recovery groups and certain public safety agencies to grab the gadget.
AT&T denied reports of building up a consumer version as last year PhoneScoop reported of a build on the consumer version.
The TerreStar Genus is powered by a Windows Mobile 6.5 while outlaying a touchscreen for the users. The smartphone comes packed with a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera, QWERTY keyboard, and MicroSD Card Slot.
According to AT&T, the service would be available for now in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and territorial waters.
Customers would need to pay $799 upfront for the smartphone itself while the carrier would charge a monthly data plan of $25. Calls, data and messages made through satellite service would be charged individually with approximately users paying 65 cents per minute for voice, 40 cents per message and $5 per megabyte on data.