BLUFSatellite connectivity is coming to everyday smartphones using a new generation of satellites, but connections will be limited at first.
Mike Elgin writing in ComputerWorld, makes the following points:
- The new Apple iPhone 14 should be able to send emergency messages outside cellular coverage areas using the Globalstar satellite company.
- T-Mobile and SpaceX are working on blanket coverage of the US.
- Samsung, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Thales aim to add satellite communication to some of their phones.
- Huawei will use China’s global BeiDou satellite network to send, but not receive, text messages.
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2022 Satellite to cellular: Everything you need to know about satellite communication on smartphones, including iPhone 14-Pocketlint
- OCT 2022 What is a satellite-connected smartphone – and how can it help bridge the digital divide?-World Economic Forum