AT&T announces TerreStar Genus cellular / satellite smartphone

AT&T and TerreStar have announced the upcoming availability of TerreStar Genus, a hybrid smartphone that provides access to both AT&T’s network and TerreStar’s satellite network.

With the TerreStar Genus, users can connect to a satellite network when the cellular one isn’t available, this way benefiting from a wider coverage area.

Apart from satellite voice and data capabilities, the TerreStar Genus smartphone also features: Windows Mobile (it’s not clear yet what version), GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, a 2.6 inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.

The Genus looks a bit like the Elektrobit hybrid smartphone seen back in April:

AT&T TerreStar Genus

Starting the first quarter of 2010, the TerreStar Genus smartphone will be available to AT&T enterprise, government and small business customers. AT&T said that it’s “working on a similar solution” for regular consumers too.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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