Get Wi-Fi Anywhere in the World

Problems checking your Facebook status in the Amazon jungle? Want to send a tweet from the middle of the ocean? Satellite phone company, Iridium Communications has you covered. They are releasing a box (about the size of a pack of cigarettes) that plugs into an Iridium 9555 or Iridium Extreme phone. This creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that laptops, smartphones and tablets can connect into. IC states that the hotspot will be available by the end of the year for just under $200. That price isn’t too bad, but the biggest kicker is the cost of the phone and the service charges. An Iridium phone by itself runs about $1000 with data/voice charges varying from $0.65 to $1.30 per minute depending on the plan you choose. The speed ranges from 2.4kbps to 9.6kbps. This is obviously an expensive toy for someone that has the extra cash to purchase such a luxury.

Here’s a little background on Iridium Communications and how they can achieve such a feat. They are a U.S. based satellite communications company that has a structure of 66 satellites positioned around the world. Their network covers the entire Earth, including airways, both poles and all oceans. Thank you Iridium, for now allowing us to stream porn from the North pole, to the Amazon jungle, to pretty much anywhere else on the planet.

Source: USA Today

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