Inmarsat releases data applications for satphone

Range of new applications introduced for global handheld satellite phone

Inmarsat, provider of global mobile satellite communications services, recently announced the availability of a range of third-party data applications for its global handheld satellite phone, IsatPhone Pro.

The recently introduced data capability of the IsatPhone Pro, which provides a circuit-switched data rate of up to an effective 20kbps on applications such as plain text email, was in response to the growing demand for basic data connectivity from mobile users equipped with a handheld satellite phone. 

Inmarsat’s partner network has supported the launch by introducing a range of optimised data applications for the IsatPhone Pro.

Applications

Applications from Inmarsat’s partners include: AST Onsatmail; GMPCS/Network Innovations Speedmail; MVS FlyCarrier; SatCom Global Horizon; Stratos AmosConnect; and Vizada SkyFile.  A generic solution is also available from GMN Xgate.  Most of these applications incorporate compression and acceleration capabilities to optimise the efficiency of the data capability of IsatPhone Pro.

“After introducing the IsatPhone Pro data capability just three weeks ago, we’ve had a really positive response from our partner network,” commented Drew Brandy, Director of Land Business at Inmarsat.  “Their data applications are ideally suited for our IsatPhone Pro, each representing a significant endorsement for our global handheld.  It also demonstrates that our introduction of a data capability was the right decision to meet market demand.”

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