No matter what type of Android smartphone you are using it is only good if you have connectivity. If you are stuck somewhere where there is no coverage then it becomes pretty much useless. One solution to this is to use Iridium Go! which promises to make your smartphone work anywhere in the planet.
Iridium Go! is a compact and rugged device that is highly recommended for anyone on the move or for those who are out of range of any signal. It allows voice as well as data connectivity for up to 5 mobile devices. This can easily be accomplished by flipping the antenna of the device which then initiates a connection to the Iridium LEO satellite constellation. Once a connection has been made a Wi-Fi hotspot will be created with an effective radius of 100 feet.
Some of the supported global communications of this device includes
- Voice calls
- Email access
- Social networking
- Photo sharing
- SMS two-way
- GPS tracking
- SOS alert
Since Iridium Go! is compact, it fits nicely in the pocket and can be brought anywhere. It can also be easily mounted on vehicles, boats, and aircraft. It is designed to be used outdoors and can withstand harsh environments such as sand, rain, dust, and shocks.
Iridium says that this is the world’s first personal satellite connectivity device with more devices like this expected to hit the market.
Right now there is an Iridium Go! app available for Android devices that needs to be installed since it compresses data before sending it out through the 25 Kbps link. The email feature of the app is particularly useful since it can do the following.
- Draft and view emails offline
- Configure email size to minimize connection time
- Queue up emails to be sent up to 15x faster than web-based services
- Retrieve emails from external accounts
- Block pop ups, remove ads and background images, and
- Compress web pages for download speeds of 3-5x faster than uncompressed pages
- Dimensions: 4.5″x 3.25″ x 1.25″
- Military-grade ruggedness (MIL-STD 810F)
- Ingress Protection (IP65)
- Stable, lay-flat design
- Flip up antenna
- Built-in menu/status display
- Wi-Fi device ready
- App API for developers
- Robust accessory platform
This device is not cheap though as it is currently priced at $800. Monthly data plans will start t $35 for metered plans and $115 for unlimited plans.
If you are out of cellular range and need a way to communicate then the Iridium Go! is one of the best options available.