Any iPhone can get satellite communication with this gadget
People without an iPhone 14 can still have satellite communications thanks to the upcoming Motorola Defy Satellite Link.
Motorola Defy Satellite Link
The Motorola Defy Satellite Link, which uses the latest MediaTek chips with satellite compatibility, enables satellite communication with a smartphone. It uses Bluetooth, so most modern smartphones can use this feature.
MediaTek has worked with Bullitt Group to connect the Motorola Defy Satellite Link and CAT S75 smartphones to the Bullitt Satellite Connect platform. As a result, users have global access to two-way satellite messaging, location sharing and emergency SOS thanks to the Bullitt Satellite Connect service.
With the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, the Defy Satellite Link can send and receive messages, share someone’s location, and communicate with emergency services in the event of an accident. What’s more, it can also do this outside of the range of a cellular network, much like Apple’s emergency SOS feature via satellite.
The rugged device has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and is built to the MIL-Spec 810H standard for ruggedness. It weighs approximately 2.5 ounces and is 11mm thick, with a metal loop for attaching to a backpack or lanyard.
Prices & Availability
The Motorola Defy Satellite Link will be available in April and will cost $99. It costs $5 per month to subscribe to the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, which grants access to SOS emergency service.
The app is not yet available for download, but requires iOS 14 or later.