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TerreStar GENUS Windows Satellite Phone (AT&T)

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  • Weight: 15.84 ounces
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Product Description

Usage of satellite service is subject to certain technical requirements and pricing rates which are different than standard cellular service. Before purchasing, you should review the complete details of the terms and conditions in the AT&T Satellite Augmented Mobile Wireless Customer Agreement as well as the Satellite Augmented Mobile service pricing information.

Stay connected wherever you roam--in the city or off the grid--with the TerreStar GENUS Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional smartphone from AT&T, which provides both cellular and satellite connectivity. Intended to be used primarily as an everyday mobile device, the TerreStar GENUS is an innovative dual-mode device with cellular wireless capability as the primary default mode and satellite access capability as a secondary option for voice, data, and messaging.

The TerreStar GENUS cellular/satellite phone (see larger image).

The TerreStar GENUS handset is both smaller and more feature-rich than previous satellite devices. It includes premium features such as a single phone number for satellite and cellular service, a touchscreen plus full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0-megapixel camera/camcorder, and microSD memory expansion. You'll also be able to connect to home and business Wi-Fi networks as well as use Bluetooth headsets for hands-free conversations. It's also GPS-enabled for location-based services and navigation.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system includes Internet Explorer Mobile Web browser for full HTML viewing of the Internet and a customizable Today screen that enables you to access the features and apps you use the most. You'll stay easily connected to your business and personal data on the go with support for a wide variety of e-mail accounts as well as the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents. And with the Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile services, you can easily back up your data to the web and download great apps respectively.

Dual Mode Cellular/Satellite Operation

The TerreStar GENUS ensures "always-on" connectivity by combining the nation's fastest mobile broadband network from AT&T with the reach of the world's most powerful commercial satellite--providing ubiquitous coverage where you need it, when you need it. With a line of sight to the satellite, you'll have access to expanded voice and data roaming coverage in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. You can even be up to 200 miles off the coast of the United States or just out of gas on a lonely desert roadway, you'll be able to make a call with the GENUS (see a larger image of the cellular/satellite coverage map for the TerreStar GENUS).

Enabled for use on AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network, you'll be able to easily access the Internet as well as quickly download video, music and more. Additionally, with AT&T's 3G network, you can make a call while simultaneously receiving picture/text messages and e-mail or viewing Web pages.

The GENUS also connects to TerreStar-1 for satellite communications when not within range of cellular connectivity. It is a geosynchronous satellite covering North America and supports the delivery of advanced all IP-based mobile data and voice services.

The TerreStar GENUS with AT&T's Satellite Augmented Mobile Service is available for consumers as well as for enterprise, government and small business customers. It's a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts, recreational boaters, emergency personnel and anyone who needs backup satellite communications capabilities.

The service requires standard AT&T cellular voice and smartphone data rate plans, as well as a monthly satellite subscription feature. Usage of the satellite network for voice, data and messaging is not included in the monthly feature charge and is billed as per-minute, per-message or per-megabyte roaming charges on a customer's AT&T Mobility service invoice.

For complete details on the terms and conditions for the TerreStar GENUS, see this AT&T Wireless Customer Agreement.


  • Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands)
  • Satellite connectivity via TerreStar’s GMR-1 3G satellite network (2000-2010, 2190-2200 MHz S-band)
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0)
  • Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system provides enhancements such as a touch-friendly user interface and improved browser with Flash support. Content and applications are just a fingertip away on the redesigned Start Menu and Internet Explorer Mobile supports the rich experiences you find on Web pages viewed on your PC. (Learn more)
  • View and edit with Excel Mobile, OneNote Mobile and Word Mobile or view important presentations with PowerPoint Mobile
  • 2.6-inch touchscreen (320 x 240 pixels; 16 million color depth) for stylus and finger use
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 2.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and digital zoom
  • Video capture capabilities
  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC formats
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 16 GB
  • Messaging capabilities including SMS text, and IM instant messaging (via popular services)
  • HTML Web browser
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication
  • USB 2.0 port supporting data modem, firmware update, ActiveSync

Vital Statistics

The Terrestar GENUS weighs 6.08 ounces and measures 4.02 x 2.01 x 0.71 inches. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSDPA/UMTS). Additionally, it offers connectivity to the following satellite frequencies:

  • GMR-1 3G: 2000-2010 MHz
  • 2190-2200 MHz (S-band)

Top Features in Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Windows Mobile 6.5 helps you stay connected and manage your busy life. From an intuitive gesture-driven interface (you can tap, drag, click, and pan) to a handy Start screen, access and navigation are fast and easy. And with the Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile services, you can easily back up your data to the web and download great apps. With Windows Mobile 6.5, you can see alerts even if you're on a call or have password-protected your phone. You'll see new e-mail and text messages, missed calls and voice-mail notifications, and the date, time, and next calendar appointment. Other enhancements include:

  • The lock screen displays new messages and appointments without requiring that you enter a PIN when the phone is locked.
  • You can easily customize your Today screen to display and access new e-mails, text messages, and other high-level information with a simple tap.
  • The Start screen provides ultimate access and control: quickly browse and open programs; easily customize program order (move the most used apps to the top) and add your favorite web sites.
  • Internet Explorer Mobile provides a full, rich web viewing experience similar to the experience on your PC.
  • The improved Windows Media Player Mobile lets you view full-screen video and provides audio and video playback enhancements, like pausing a song or video when you receive a call.
  • Use the My Phone Service to sync your phone and data to the web so it's backed up and accessible.
  • Express your sense of style with designer-theme-based phones (like the new Halo design) or create your own custom themes.
  • MSN Widgets provide real-time information on weather and stocks.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.4 x 5.3 x 2.3 inches
Item Weight 15.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
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If you want a satellite phone in the US, I would say that this should be the only phone to consider. Most other satellite phones do support data connections but wind up functioning only as modems for other devices. For a truly self contained satellite data device, the Genus is just about the only option. Windows Mobile 6.5 may be old, yes, but through some searching you can find the critical software that counts. Between the included e-mail support, SMS (with the same number as cell), most slow bandwidth communications are already covered. Combine that with Google Maps, Skype, AIM, Opera Mobile, which all can be found with some online searching, really you can have connectivity anywhere.

All of the satellite communications from the phone run over IP services, and so voice itself is internally a VOIP service. That said, voice quality is very good over satellite and sounds just as good as 3G cell voice (of course with the quarter second geosync lag, but that's with any geosync satellite...if lag is important maybe look at LEO systems). It's for data where this phone really shines. Texts are stored and forwarded over satellite which can be very helpful for coordination and quick communications. Opera Mobile's server side caching is passable over satellite as long as you have patience and aren't using an ajax dependent site. Having had this phone on multiple backpacking trips now, it is wonderful to be able to see continuously updated weather maps in the wilderness to judge whether it's best to set up camp or try and push on to sunset. Sometimes connectivity does not always need to be a curse. The cellular network reception is also good and frequently will pick up signal in areas where an iPhone will not.
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This device is a fantastic piece of engineering. It is amazing to see a device roughly the size of a blackberry as a fully featured GSM smartphone AND a fully functional satellite phone. Call quality over satellite is crisp and clear (sometimes better than when on GSM), and having access to data for email when I am on satellite is wonderful.

There are only a couple of things I would complain about. First is the fact that it is Windows Mobile 6.5, which perhaps makes this phone the last holdout on that operating system. That said, it does what it needs to do, and it provides good access to my company's Exchange server for email, and a basic web browser. You just aren't going to be playing Angry Birds on it any time soon. The second issue is that it is not a global satellite service. It is wonderful in North America, but you can't use it in the jungle's of Borneo. This is not a problem for me, as most of my explorations are within the United States, but outside normal cell reception locations.

This is the only Satellite phone that I could consider carrying as my "daily" cell phone. The fact that I can maintain a single phone number for use on GSM or satellite is a feature I have not found anywhere else. I highly recommend this phone.
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Total waste of money. Could not use and was unable to return.
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