Iridium creates link from iPhones to satellites

Satellite service provider Iridium is introducing a new satellite phone and access point that enable communications anywhere on the face of the Earth from Blackberry and Android mobile devices, and will offer support for Apple’s iOS-based gear later this year.

The two new devices enable use of data applications on mobile smartphones and tablets that have Wi-Fi capabilities, and the access point bridges the connection over the Iridium satellite network.

The speed of the data-only connections is 26K to 27Kbps, according to Iridium CEO Matthew Desch, suitable for email and Internet access — via

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