4 October 2023

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Motorola Defy Dongle: A Closer Look at Emergency Satellite Messaging for Smartphones

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Motorola Defy Dongle: A Closer Look at Emergency Satellite Messaging for Smartphones

Satellite communication has been gaining attention as a potential lifesaving technology for smartphones. MediaTek and Bullitt recently unveiled the Motorola Defy dongle, which allows users to send emergency messages without cellular connection, regardless of the smartphone’s software or manufacturer.

According to Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek’s vice president of global and corporate marketing, satellite connectivity is expected to become more commonplace in the future. He believes that it will start as a feature in high-end phones and eventually become a default feature for flagship devices. The technology can be easily integrated into 4G or 5G phones, and it will be a standard feature in 5G modems going forward.

The current satellite communication system supports low-data messaging applications. However, future developments aim to deliver bidirectional data rates of megabits per second, enabling web browsing and video playback. In other words, users will have access to the internet and entertainment even in remote locations.

While direct integration of satellite communication into smartphones is still in its early stages, the service is already available through the Motorola Defy dongle and the Bullitt Messenger Service. The palm-sized rugged dongle connects to smartphones using Bluetooth and utilizes the satellite network to send messages through the Bullitt app.

Setting up the Defy dongle requires some initial configuration. Users must download and set up the Bullitt Messenger app, and recipients of the messages also need to have the app installed. It’s important to note that recipients require a subscription to reply to satellite-connected phones.

The Defy dongle is lightweight and compact, making it convenient to carry during outdoor activities. It is designed to be durable, with IP68 water and dust resistance and MIL-SPEC-810H certification. The dongle has three buttons for power, auto check-in, and SOS features.

One potential challenge to using the Defy dongle is the need for an unobstructed view of the sky for satellite signal reception. Users may experience difficulties connecting in dense areas or forests where trees hinder the signal. However, once a connection is established, the Defy dongle holds the signal reliably and quickly reconnects if it momentarily loses service.

Overall, the Motorola Defy dongle provides a glimpse into the future of emergency satellite messaging for smartphones. While there are some limitations and initial setup requirements, the technology has the potential to save lives in emergency situations and provide connectivity in remote areas where traditional networks are unavailable.

– Andy Boxall / Digital Trends