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The Associated Press
NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) says it plans to sell a satellite phone from . that can place calls even in the deep wilderness or at sea.
The TerreStar Genus phone, due next year, will have all the features of a standard "smart" phone, including the ability to use AT&T’s ground-based wireless broadband network. But it also will be able to connect to a TerreStar satellite, for service where the cellular network doesn’t reach. The satellite covers North America.
AT&T plans to market the phone first to business and government customers. AT&T didn’t disclose the price of the phone or the service. Satphones from companies like Iridium and Globalstar are already in use in the same market, but they lack the smart-phone capabilities of TerreStar’s device.