The British smartphone company, which releases devices under the CAT and Motorola brands, has collaborated with MediaTek on a phone that will offer satellite-to-mobile messaging.
When the Bullitt Group launches the device in Q1 2023, it could be a game changer for anyone living in rural areas where texting isn’t possible due to a lack of cellular signal.
“We’ve known for a long time that the answer lies in satellites, but an ‘invisible’ and seamless integration into smartphones poses enormous technical challenges,” says Bullitt Group Co-Founder Richard Wharton. “MediaTek and Bullitt share a pioneering spirit and a history of innovation, so now, almost two years into our relationship, we are jointly at the forefront of a new era in telecommunications and the fastest, easiest way to deliver total peace of mind to our carrier channel partners. .with a heart for their customers.”
It will be the first phone to use MediaTek’s 3GPP NTN (Non-Terrestrial Network) chipset, which allows the phone to send messages via satellite. Software in the device knows whether the phone is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular and will send messages over satellite when neither traditional messaging connection is available.
It looks like it won’t take long to send a message, as Bullitt says it takes about 10 seconds to connect to a satellite and send a message. Of course, that’s less than cellular or Wi-Fi, but it’s still a manageable amount of time.
If you live in a big metropolis and don’t tend to go backpacking in the mountains, the importance of this innovation may be lost on you. Still, this phone could prove to be a great deal for those who struggle to send a simple message when they’re not connected to their home Wi-Fi.
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Of course, we need to learn a lot more about the device before we make a judgment. It is necessary to see what the device looks like, know about its features and how much it costs to send a message to satellite before knowing whether it is worth knowing or not.
The company has said that it will offer one year of emergency SOS support for its new device, just like the iPhone 14.
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