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Satellite Phone Companies Now Trying To Go After Consumer Traveler Market

Excerpt from Gigaom

Feb 04, 2014 5:00 pm

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Satellite mobile data connections may bring communications to some of the most remote locales. Pictured, Joseph Rotella and Aravinda Ananada hold a sign pointing to the dangers of climate change at the melting glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania on September 4, 2009. Flickr.com


Iridium and Globalstar have started selling satellite hotspots. They’re slow, and they’re expensive, but they’ll work on mountaintops, in the deepest jungle or most windswept desert, and in Iridium’s case, even at the Earth’s poles.

Your typical consumer isn’t going to be interested in a regular subscription to an Iridium or Globalstar plan. But I can imagine a situation that almost every consumer might want to access to such a hotspot on a temporary basis. Iridium CEO Matt Desch said he expects its Go hotspot to be highly popular in the rental market. For instance, outfitters might rent out hotspots to trekkers before they set out on their expeditions.

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