Iridium have announced a brand new product that can turn your smartphone or tablet into a global communications device capable of making reliable voice calls and data connections - anywhere in the world - even when outside of the range of terrestrial networks!
The fully portable Iridium GO! is a pocket sized device, with military-grade ruggedness and an IP rating of IP65, that enables you to use your smartphone or tablet when you have no access to terrestrial networks to:
- make voice calls
- share photos
- access emails
- SMS two-way
- use applications
- use GPS tracking
- access social network sites
- send out SOS alerts
Simply flip up the integrated antenna and the battery-powered unit will connect quickly and automatically to the Iridium LEO satellite constellation to create an anywhere Wi-Fi hotspot within a 30.5m radius.
You can then connect and operate up to 5 devices at a time within this area using the 'Iridium GO! application'. Iridium have said that the Iridium GO! will be "supported by affordable plans that keep voice and data costs reasonable" with low-end service plans expected to start at around $35 a month, with unlimited plans at around $130 a month.