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TerreStar Genus satellite phone finally reaches AT&T

updated 11:05 am EDT, Tue September 21, 2010

TerreStar Genus ships with satellite and GSM

After almost a year's delay, AT&T today began selling the TerreStar Genus. The Windows Mobile 6.5.3 phone is the first of any OS to include both a satellite phone and a traditional cellphone in one device. It can switch to satellite for a connection in very remote areas where even GSM isn't an option. Using satellite access carries a monthly premium, but the service uses only one phone number and serves as a boost to roaming coverage in the US.

The Genus hasn't had its full specs revealed but includes a 2.6-inch touchscreen, a camera, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. When on a land-based network, it can still connect to 3G for data.

AT&T prices the Genus at $800 off-contract and is already taking orders from business and government users whose employers pay the bill. It requires a smartphone plan, while satellite use is paid by the minute, message or megabyte.

by MacNN Staff



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