Satellite tech, app connect your iPhone anywhere in the world

iPhone,iPod | Wednesday November 16 2011 10:27 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

Satellite tech, app connect your iPhone anywhere in the world

Are you heading to a remote part of the world, where you’re totally cut off from wireless networks? If so, bring your Apple device along, and you can actually stay connected to the Web.

Iridium Communications announced today that it has brought its AxcessPoint Mail & Web app to iOS. With the mobile Wi-Fi hot spot technology in tow, iPad, iPhone , and iPod Touch owners will be able to connect to the Web and check their e-mail on the 90 percent of the planet, where wireless networks aren’t available.

There are some hurdles customers will need to overcome in order to connect their iOS devices to the Web in these remote spots. For one, they’ll need to buy an Iridium satellite phone, which should set them back between $1,000 and $1,500. The company’s free application must then be downloaded onto the iOS-based device. From there, customers must pay for Iridium satellite service, which costs about $1 per minute.

Once all that is in place, users need only to connect their satellite phone with the application running on their iOS-based device, and they’ll be all set.

However, don’t expect it to provide breakneck speeds while you’re in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean trying to surf the Web. According to an Iridium representative, the company’s satellite service is “good for e-mail and texts,” but it won’t hold up when trying to download video or open big sites. … [Read more]

Satellite tech, app connect your iPhone anywhere in the world

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