Bullitt Satellite Connect will become available within the first quarter of 2023. The service allows smartphones to send messages via satellite, keeping users connected in areas with little or no mobile coverage.
Satellite communications for smartphones isn’t new. Apple is one of the manufacturers that support the technology. Models in the iPhone 14 series allow SOS messages to be sent via satellite. The service’s availability, however, is limited. At the time of writing, Apple only supports the technology in a handful of European countries.
With Satellite Connect, Bullitt brings the concept to users worldwide. The organization announced that the service will be available within the first quarter of this year at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. Not every smartphone supports the technology. The next Motorola Defy will be the first device to come with Bullitt Satellite Connect.
Bullitt Satellite Connect
“Bullitt Satellite Connect solves a real connectivity problem”, Richard Wharton, co-founder of Bullitt Group, said in a written statement. “Every day, hundreds of millions of instances where people who want to communicate via their phone cannot. Coverage blackspots persist to a greater and lesser extent the world over.”
The service runs via the Bullitt Satellite Messenger application on smartphones. “Bullitt Satellite Messenger provides total reassurance that you will have a connection wherever you have a clear view of the sky. We have a truly international solution”, Wharton added.
Bullitt disclosed that the first year of SOS assistance is provided free of charge. “After that, subscription plans start from $4.99 per month”, a spokesperson shared. The differences between the subscription services were not clarified.
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