|Manu||Date: Tuesday, 05-October-2021, 5:58 PM | Message # 1|
|soon be possible to make satellite phone calls with your regular phone|
Not all who wander are lost—but sometimes their cell phone reception is. That might change soon if a plan to project basic cell phone coverage to all parts of the globe comes to fruition. Lynk has already proven it can use a typical smartphone to bound a standard SMS text message off a low-earth-orbiting satellite, and they don't plan to stop there.
Formerly known as Ubiquitilink, Lynk was founded a few years ago by Nanoracks founder Charles Miller and his partners but came out of "stealth mode" as a start-up in 2019. In 2020 they then used a satellite to send an SMS message from a typical smartphone, without requiring the fancy GPS locators and antennas needed by other, specially made satellite phones.
The company continued its success recently by demonstrating a "two-way" link this week using a newly launched satellite, its fifth, called "Shannon." They've also proved it over multiple phones in numerous areas, including the UK, America, and the Bahamas.
Eventually, two-way communication means that the signal could eventually be used for voice calls rather than just sending messages in emergencies. But for now, it will only take the form of text or meta-data rather than phone calls. In the future, the company hopes to flesh out its constellation of satellites to allow faster data rates eventually. As anyone who has lost reception can attest to, having any service at all is preferable to having none.
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