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Any iPhone can get satellite communications with this gadget

Motorola Defy Satellite Link

People without an iPhone 14 can still have satellite communication thanks to the upcoming Motorola Defy Satellite Link.

The Motorola Defy Satellite Link, which uses MediaTek's latest chips with satellite compatibility, enables satellite communication with a smartphone. It uses Bluetooth so that most modern smartphones can use the feature.

MediaTek worked with Bullitt Group to have the Motorola Defy Satellite Link and CAT S75 smartphones connect to the Bullitt Satellite Connect platform. As a result, users will have global access to two-way satellite messaging, location sharing, and emergency SOS thanks to the Bullitt Satellite Connect service.

Using the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, the Defy Satellite Link can send and receive messages, share a person's location, and communicate with emergency services in case of an accident. Moreover, it can do so outside a cellular network range, similar to Apple's Emergency SOS via Satellite feature.

The rugged device has an IP68 rating for resistance to water and dust, and it's built to the MIL-Spec 810H standard for toughness. It weighs approximately 2.5 ounces and is 11mm thick, with a metal loop for attachment to a backpack or lanyard.

Pricing & Availability

The Motorola Defy Satellite Link will be available starting in April, costing $99. It costs $5 per month to subscribe to the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, which grants access to the SOS emergency service.

The app isn't available to download yet but will require iOS 14 or later.