Globalstar Sat-Fi lets you connect to the internet anywhere in the world

I am quite sure that many of us are familiar with the existence of satellite phones, which are touted to be able to offer you a signal regardless of where you are in the world. The thing is, most of the time in the movies, satellite phones do not function as they should – they either have no reception in the greatest time of need, or it runs out of juice. Well, this is not a fictional setting as Globalstar, a satellite company, has offered its Sat-Fi device that lets you set up a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you are. Taking a step forward from existing cellular network-based wireless hotspots, this particular attempt does have its price to pay – you will have to make a sacrifice of mobility and a speedy connection.

Globalstar, the company behind the affordable Spot satellite phone, has a new device on the market that can turn any smartphone into a globally connected handset. Sat-Fi is not a WiFi hotspot in the traditional sense — you can’t simply connect and expect limitless web browsing and media streaming — but it can support email, SMS and voice calls for up to eight connected devices simultaneously. Transfer rates are capped at a paltry 9.6 Kbps, so you’re really limited to text applications, and data is billed by the minute, just like a voice call. Like other satellite devices, you also need a line-of-sight connection between Sat-Fi’s external antenna and the big bird hundreds of miles above in order to make and receive calls, but assuming you’re able to meet that requirement you should be good to go in remote areas all around the world. The device is reasonably priced, at $999, and per-minute rates top out at $1. There are plenty of monthly plans to choose from, too, ranging from $40 for 40 minutes to $150 for unlimited service. Sat-Fi is available now.

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