New iPhone may also be a satellite communicator

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Interesting rumor here about the iPhone 13 (which is expected in September).

"The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo."

If true, it might be better than what Garmin offers in their InReach satellite communicators, maybe without having to pay any additional fees.

"Kuo explained that the "simplest scenario" for providing LEO connectivity to users is if individual network operators work with Globalstar. This means that customers of a partner network operator could use Globalstar's satellite communication service on the ‌iPhone 13‌ directly through their network operator with no additional contracts or payments required."


The article also says that Android phones are expected to have similar capabilities next year. Note that there's a lot of skepticism in the article comments however. Apple has not set a date to release the new iPhone, but most people are expecting it mid-September, so we should know more about this soon.
 
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Works really well with my Macs and all the movies/music I have bought from Apple. But I got a couple inexpensive Android rugged phones to test my maps and actually think they are very cool. If a phone itself has a rugged shell you don't need to add any kind of case, which keeps it smaller. This one is a great size for a GPS with a 5" screen. But just a cheap phone (~$130 IIRC) so the screen isn't as bright as better phones, the camera isn't so good, etc.

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Not so fast.... :D

"A report over the weekend from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPhone 13 would include low earth orbit satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages without 4G and 5G coverage, but further analysis has indicated that this suggestion is incorrect and unlikely. According to Bloomberg, when Apple does implement satellite connectivity, it will be limited to "crisis scenarios" and will not be an alternative to cellular networks that allows for widespread texting and calling."

 
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