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Is this a serious competitor to Spot systems, Apple and Musk?

Bullitt, a rugged smart manufacturer, is announcing a smartphone that works on the normal phone signal systems but can, when required, connect to two satellite systems. More information here
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Just saw that too.
Another feather in your do-it-all smartphone's cap.
I am guessing it will hook up with Thuraya and Iridium.
Saves carrying an InReach or similar, though Garmin's all-day sat tracking to online map is a handy feature. Doubtless there's an app for that too.

IMO direct comms rather than triggering a beacon or pressing an 'SOS' button to some distant comms centre in Toulouse or Houston is a much better way of getting out of a fix.
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I suspect that there will be a significant "ouch" from the wallet when the prices come out unless the "ouch" comes from the monthly subscription. The key will be seeing if the number is a bigger one than from the Spot system. The one fly in the ointment is that I see too many of eggs in one basket.
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Well here is another report on the Bullitt phone. This one states that the satellite SMS service will be by an additional monthly payment. Hopefully this is something that a user can dip into and dip out of depending on their needs.
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Huawei's announced it as well: https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/6/23...t-china-beidou

But of course it uses Chinese satellites, and Apple will probably use GPS/Galileo. And Huawei is problematic in its own way.
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