Satellite makes it ALMOST worth the WinMo.
AT&T has just launched what may be the world's last interesting Windows Mobile smartphone. What could make that tired old OS exciting? How about a dual-mode satellite/cellular mobile. The TerreStar Genus has just been announced via press release, and it sounds kind of glorious...if you are a world traveler, at least. The Genus works on AT&T's voice and data network...and can also use a satellite augmented mobile service for an additional fee.
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Expanded voice and data roaming coverage will follow you across the US, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and territorial waters. The OS is WinMo 6.5 and the Genus itself is a candybar style smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Engadget has heard that the full cost will be $799.
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The Genus is available to business and government customers. The satellite service costs an extra $25/month plus additional charges. 65 cents per minute, 40 cents per message and $5 per megabyte of data. That seems extreme, but if you really need access to your email account in the middle of nowhere it probably sounds a lot more reasonable.