AT&T TerreStar Genus Hybrid Satellite Phone Debuts With $799 Price-Tag

September 21, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

AT&T has announced the TerreStar Genus Hybrid Satellite Phone and it will be coming with a price tag of $799. The dual-mode cellular/satellite smartphone, which was announced last year, has taken some time to arrive even though it was announced to be available in the first quarter of this year.

The phone will be running on the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. It will provide rich features and functionality, including a 2.6-inch touch screen, WiFi, Bluetooth and, of course, GPS. It will also feature a 3 megapixel camera, 100 MB internal storage and microSD card slot that will provide support for up to 16GB.

The phone is currently available only for enterprise, government and small business customers. It will be available with the satellite service which will cost $25 per month, plus 65 cents per minute, 40 cents per message, and $5 per megabyte.

The phone will be using AT&T’s GSM/HSPA network. When you are in a line of sight to the satellite, you will have access to expanded voice and data roaming coverage in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial waters. And the best thing is that, you only need one number for getting both the services.

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