#CTIA09: Elektrobit Hybrid Cellular-Satellite Phone

Aside from all the buzz that takes place at shows like CTIA 2009, there are hidden gems that for whatever reason don’t receive a whole lot of attention. It’s the lone booth that few people walk past that has a new idea that may have a lot of potential.

At this year’s CTIA one such company came out of the woodwork, called Elektrobit. Elektrobit has announced it is working on the world’s first satellite-cellular hybrid phone (aka “Satellite-Terrestrial Device”), to be launched sometime by the end of this year.

Most satellite phones are hefty devices that aren’t easy to just slip into your pocket until the next time you’re ready to use it. In fact, most satellite phones are somewhat reminiscient of the “Zach Morris phones” of yesteryear. The Elektrobit is changing things around by making it the same size as a normal smartphone and no external antenna.

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The Elektrobit will have some good features on it as well, such as:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional (touchscreen-enabled)
  • GPS
  • WiFi
  • Quadband GSM/EDGE and Dual-band North American 3G
  • Terrestar 2.2 GHz
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.0 MP Camera with autofocus and flash
  • 100 MB Internal memory + MicroSD
  • 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.6

Hopefully more details will start coming in soon. It looks to be a full-fledged, robust WinMo device with all the trimmings.

Via Elektrobit

Author: Stasys Bielinis

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