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Bullitt x MediaTek to create handsets with 2-way satellite messaging

British handset maker Bullit has partnered with famous chip maker MediaTek to make the world's first two-way satellite messaging in a smartphone.
Bullitt x MediaTek to create handsets with 2-way satellite messaging
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Bullitt x MediaTek to create the world's first 2-way satellite messaging!

We've seen the satellite messaging tech from Huawei and Apple already on their latest flagships and even Samsung is reportedly making one for themselves.

For the past 18 months, both Bullit and MediaTek have been working together to allow direct-to-satellite connectivity for their upcoming 5G devices.

Bullit says they will be the first one to use MediaTek's 3GPP NTN (Non-Terrestrial Network) chip. To support the OTT satellite messaging service, proprietary software and service components have been created alongside.

When using the said tech, the British firm mentioned that it takes around 10 seconds to connect and send messages over satellite. When cellular or WiFi signals are absent, the smartphone will switch to using satellite connectivity instead. As of this writing, details are still limited but they reassured users will have a seamless experience.

We have known for a long time that the answer was in satellite but an 'invisible' and seamless integration into a smartphone creates enormous technical challenges. MediaTek and Bullitt share a pioneering spirit and a history of innovation so now, nearly two years into our relationship, we jointly stand at the forefront of a new era in telecommunications and the quickest, simplest way for our carrier channel partners to offer total peace of mind to their customers, said Richard Wharton, co-founder at Bullitt Group

The first devices that will be getting the tech should be available in the first quarter of 2023. As per the company's claims. Alongside that, the firm will be offering a free whole year of emergency messaging. 

Meanwhile, the pricing details for their upcoming smartphones are still unknown. We will let you know once we heard of it so stay tuned.

Source: Bullitt

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