Bullitt Satellite Connect on show at CES 2023, providing essential communication wherever cell coverage is a challenge
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CES Las Vegas, January 5th 2023.
Bullitt Group, the innovative British mobile phone manufacturer has unveiled its much talked about two-way satellite messaging service – Bullitt Satellite Connect – at CES 2023. The service will be commercially available in Q1 2023.
Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company, and Bullitt have confirmed that the next device in the defy range will be the first smartphone to support Bullitt’s satellite messaging service. The companies have a strategic brand partnership to develop rugged mobile phones under the iconic Motorola brand and are reinforcing this commitment with the launch of this highly advanced connectivity feature in a Motorola smartphone.
Designed for anyone and everyone who has ever been frustrated by a lack of cell coverage, Bullitt Satellite Connect provides reliability and peace of mind to millions of people that live, work, play or roam into the fringes of coverage.
Bullitt has developed proprietary software and service components to provide satellite text messaging via a simple to use OTT application (Bullitt Satellite Messenger). The service is the culmination of two years of close working relationships with the most advanced technology partners in the field of NTN (non-terrestrial network) communications including the world’s leading chipset supplier MediaTek, leading critical event response specialists FocusPoint International and Skylo, Bullitt’s satellite connectivity partner. Skylo built and operates the network to provide the ‘always on’ Bullitt satellite messaging service, and manages connections to devices over existing licensed GEO satellite constellations, such as Inmarsat and others.
The service works by combining Bullitt smartphone hardware and the bespoke OTT app, Bullitt Satellite Messenger, to send messages to any smartphone, anywhere you have a clear view of the sky. The service will first try to connect via Wi-Fi or cellular as normal, and if neither are available it will connect via satellite. Anyone can receive a message as a simple SMS to their existing phone and can respond by downloading the associated Android or iOS app.
The cost of the messages will be deducted from the satellite messaging subscriber’s plan with no cost to the recipient. SOS Assistance is free for the first year and subscription plans start from as little as $4.99/ month, with heavier usage plans also available.