Motorola Defy Link adds satellite messaging and SOS to Android and iOS for $100

Satellite connectivity will become commonplace in many future smartphones, but as of today, it's only available on Apple's iPhone 14 series. But at an affordable price, the Motorola Defy Satellite Link adds that valuable connectivity to existing Android and iOS smartphones via Bluetooth.

Powered by MediaTek's new satellite-enabled chips, the Motorola Defy Satellite Link allows your existing smartphone to communicate with satellites. The accessory connects to your Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth and has the necessary hardware to connect to satellites and the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app for device-to-device messaging. two-way messaging.

The Satellite Messenger app itself is a complete messaging service that works over Wi-Fi and cellular at first, but can then connect to the satellite if users have a “clear view of the sky”. When you send a message from the app, it will be delivered to other users of the app or forwarded via SMS, where the recipient will be prompted to download the Bullitt app. The recipient is not charged, but the satellite side is charged starting at $4.99 per month.

This device can also be used for “SOS Assist” which can connect directly to FocusPoint International's emergency response centers.

Link is IP68 rated for water resistance and has a 600 mAh battery that is said to last “days” use. The device also has built-in SOS and “check-in” buttons that can be used even if the paired smartphone is not connected.

Motorola Defy Satellite Link will be available starting from Q2 2023 for $99. The package will also be sold with the device and 12 months of satellite service for $149 (about $5 savings). When available, you can purchase from the Motorola Defy website.

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  • Samsung is waiting for satellite connectivity to be “ready” for the Galaxy series S23

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