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The Iridium GO!: like a satellite iPhone

  • 18 April 2014

Here’s the good news: with the little doodad pictured above, you’ll be reachable anywhere in the world, at any time.

Here’s the bad news: you’ll be reachable anywhere in the world, at any time.

Credit — or blame — goes to the Iridium GO!, the world’s first satellite hotspot, taking pre-orders now.

Iridium, creators of the first satellite phone and major client of the Department of Defense, have basically crafted a handheld global router for consumers.

Iridium GoThis is no clunky satellite caller. It’s rugged, waterproof and about the size of two card decks.

And it’s easy to use: just flip up the GO!’s stubby antenna. Then put it on the ground, throw it in your backpack, mount it to your boat ... whatever.

Now turn on your regular Apple or Android smartphone/tablet. Or up to five of them.

Voila, you can now make calls, send photos, do GPS positioning, send one-touch SOS alerts — even give social network updates (“@tomhanks stranded on an island with a volleyball. #irony #FML”) from literally anywhere in the world.

South Pole? They’re already on the network.

It’s perfect for your remote summer adventures: ocean-faring, far-flung vacations, Third World hiking expeditions.

Cost: about the price of an unlocked iPhone.

Getting away from it all? Overrated.

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