Any iPhone can get satellite communications with this gadget

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

Motorola Defy Satellite Link
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.

Read on AppleInsider


  • Reply 1 of 5
    Does the app tell you how to aim the device to the satellite, like the iPhone 14, or is aiming not required?
  • Reply 2 of 5
    davendaven Posts: 681member
    Interesting. I wonder how it compares to the Garmin InReach system? Also, I wonder if it can be used as a tracking system? For example, leave it in your trailer and track your trailer if it is stolen?
  • Reply 3 of 5
    MadbumMadbum Posts: 518member
    Apple service is free if you upgrade phone every 2 years
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Garmin's InReach certainly is not free, in my experience.......

    The Motorola device details may shed light on the true cost of ownership later this year for this device. Never a free lunch....
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Who the hell names a device for making network connections "Defy" ???
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