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Why can't cell phones get their signals from satellites, like satellite radio?

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the_fantum
Feb. 2nd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
.. uhhh
Actually they do have such-a-thing .. http://www.globalstar.com/
judith
Feb. 2nd, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: .. uhhh
Wow. If I operated a business that depended on cell communication I'd get into that network immediately. Too expensive for personal use - so far. Thanks! I was hoping someone like you would know.
the_fantum
Feb. 2nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: .. uhhh
was not so very long ago that cell communication was in the same price range so I suppose we can "hope" that cost will diminish .. but seeing who the current players are, I do not hold much hope ..

These phones show up all the time in movies! the antenna are the big giveaway .. there are four or five services available but only one is available worldwide including the poles .. okay! tmi :))
judith
Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: .. uhhh
I keep hoping the cell phone companies will get the message that the ways they charge for service are outrageous. If just one of them would buck the trend and start making sense, then the others might follow. But why would they give up all that income? I have written to them to express how I feel about their systems but it takes more than that.

Anyway, I look forward to the day I can get a satellite phone and afford it. Where I live cell communication is a constant pain.
n6vfp
Feb. 3rd, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
xm
While it is a satellite service, it depends on a series of land based repeaters to provide continuous coverage. It's a similar network to the cellular structure, but bcause of the strength of the broadcast signal, it is a bit more robust.

judith
Feb. 3rd, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: xm
That makes sense. I was wondering about the coverage. It seems not to need the kind of towers in every hilly place that cell companies need.
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