Don't expect to see this is stores anytime soon, but AT&T this morning announced it'll carry the TerreStar Genus Windows Mobile satellite phone. Dieter actually got his hands on this beast back at CTIA in April. As a reminder, we're talking a 2.6-inch, 240x230 touchscreen, WinMo 6.5 Pro,WiFi, GPS (natch), 3MP camera, 100MB of user-available memory and a 1,400mAh battery.
But, like we said, the Genus won't be available in your corner AT&T store. It's government Corporate Responsibility User subscribers, enterprise and small businesses who can look for it in the first quarter of 2010. AT&T does, however, say it's "working on a simliar solution for consumers."
No word on pricing, but you can bet that data plan won't be cheap.
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I'm skeptical they'll only charge $1 a minute for voice on this service (as mentioned in the linked piece). That's less than international roaming charges on any domestic carrier. If this system means the user can be reached anywhere in the world, and is reliable, it will have a HUGE corporate market at $1 a minute, or even $2 a minute, regardless of what they charge for data. Heck, at $1 a minute I know people that would shell out for this just to make calls from cruise ships.
Never mind -- I see this is not a global satellite service, it will cover only U.S. and Canada.
1MB of memory?
Yeah, it's actually a 1992 phone. ;) Fixed!
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