Bullitt Group, MediaTek Tease Satellite-to-Mobile Messaging Phone

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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