AT&T TerreStar Genus Windows Mobile 6.5 Cellular & Satellite for When a Call Really Needs to Get Through

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I almost skipped reading this press release because of its bland subject line…

AT&T Announces Agreement with TerreStar to Offer Integrated Cellular/Satellite Solution

On the surface, the TerreStar Genus looks like a nice Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone touchscreen phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard right under the screen and ready for action. I’d want one just based on this design aspect. Unlike the HTC Touch Pro2 I bought, the Genus included the much needed Windows and OK keys. The Tab key seems missing. But, I digress. Continuing on, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, MicroSD slot, 3 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash (nice!). GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, and… here’s that little something extra… GMR-3G satellite phone radio. Yep, if you just have to get a call through when AT&T’s network is not available (like where I am right now), you can do it over a satellite connection if you are willing to pay the price.