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This cool gadget adds emergency satellite messaging to any smartphone

With the Motorola Defy Satellite Link, Motorola is providing the advantages of satellite connectivity to nearly any phone. The sturdy dongle pairs with your iPhone or Android phone over Bluetooth. Additionally, it provides the capability to send and receive messages when your phone loses cellular coverage, as well as to call for assistance in an emergency, through the use of a specialized app.

One of the hottest mobile trends is satellite connectivity, with Qualcomm just introducing its own Snapdragon Satellite service and Apple including it in the iPhone 14 series. Three businesses collaborated to create the new Motorola Defy Satellite Connection, which makes this unique capability more widely available.

The Bullitt Group, which also manufactures the Motorola Defy 2 and Cat S75 phones with satellite communication, produced the Motorola Defy Satellite Link under permission. The MediaTek MT6825 chipset, located within, manages the satellite connection. To use the dongle and its unique feature, all that is required on your phone is the Bullitt Satellite Messenger software.

Once connected, the Defy Satellite Link allows you to interact with an emergency service in the event of an accident, send and receive messages, and share your whereabouts. It accomplishes all of this even without cellular connection, making it incredibly helpful for anyone going on a hike or adventure, for employees in remote locations, or even for individuals who just so happen to live in a region with poor network coverage.

As tough as it is useful

The Defy Satellite Connection is a challenging piece of technology because it’s best suited to people who might be in the woods. Although though it barely weighs 70 grimes and is only 11mm thick, it has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating and was constructed to exceed MIL-Spec 810H toughness criteria. It won’t get in the way because the device is no bigger than the palm of your hand, and it even features a fabric strap and metal loop to tie it to a bag or lanyard.

Since there is no screen, the 600mAh battery should last several days. Also, it includes its own GPS, allowing you to effortlessly broadcast your whereabouts even when it isn’t connected to a smartphone. If assistance is required, it is possible to reach Focus Point International’s emergency service through the Bullitt Satellite Messenger. You don’t even need to upgrade your current phone. The sole prerequisite is that it must run Android 10 or iOS 14 at the very least.

Starting in April, the Motorola Defy Satellite Link will be sold for $99 or 99 British pounds. It costs $5 per month to subscribe to the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, which grants access to the SOS emergency service. Anyone can respond to a message for nothing by using a typical cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The dongle plus a year’s membership to the basic texting and emergency plan are also available in an excellent value combination for $149, or 149 pounds.

Bullitt and MediaTek have huge intentions to expand the usability and accessibility of messaging without cell connection for everyone, and the Motorola Defy Satellite Link is one of three smartphones with satellite connectivity that also includes the Cat S75 and Motorola Defy 2.