Bullitt Group, the innovative British mobile phone manufacturer has unveiled its much talked about two-way satellite messaging service – Bullitt Satellite Connect – at CES 2023. The service will be commercially available in Q1 2023.
Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company, and Bullitt have confirmed that the next device in the defy range will be the first smartphone to support Bullitt’s satellite messaging service. The companies have a strategic brand partnership to develop rugged mobile phones under the iconic Motorola brand and are reinforcing this commitment with the launch of this highly advanced connectivity feature in a Motorola smartphone.
Designed for anyone and everyone who has ever been frustrated by a lack of cell coverage, Bullitt Satellite Connect provides reliability and peace of mind to millions of people that live, work, play or roam into the fringes of coverage.
Bullitt has developed proprietary software and service components to provide satellite text messaging via a simple to use OTT application (Bullitt Satellite Messenger). The service is the culmination of two years of close working relationships with the most advanced technology partners in the field of NTN (non-terrestrial network) communications including the world’s leading chipset supplier MediaTek, leading critical event response specialists FocusPoint International and Skylo, Bullitt’s satellite connectivity partner. Skylo built and operates the network to provide the ‘always on’ Bullitt satellite messaging service, and manages connections to devices over existing licensed GEO satellite constellations, such as Inmarsat and others.
Bullitt Satellite Connect solves a real connectivity problem. American’s send 6 billion SMS text messages each day but, due to the sheer scale and topography of the country, no single carrier covers more than 70% of the US land mass and around 60 million Americans lose coverage for up to 25% of each day.
That means hundreds of millions of instances where people who want to communicate via their phone cannot. Coverage blackspots persist to a greater and lesser extent the world over. We have a truly international solution. Bullitt Satellite Messenger provides total reassurance that you will have a connection wherever you have a clear view of the sky.
Motorola, an iconic brand in the communications industry, has always been at the forefront of identifying new technologies that become an industry standard. We are excited to announce that the next device within the motorola defy family will be the first device to include Bullitt’s two-way satellite messaging technology and offer Motorola’s customers the most advanced and reliable connectivity of any smartphone in the world.
Richard Wharton | Co-founder at Bullitt Group, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Bullitt to bring to the market the first rugged smartphone equipped with two-way satellite messaging technology. Motorola has been a pioneer in the mobile industry with a rich heritage of industry firsts and we are proud to be, once again, at the forefront of industry innovations alongside Bullitt.”
Dave Carroll | Vice President of Strategic Brand Partnerships at Motorola, said, “The service works by combining Bullitt smartphone hardware and the bespoke OTT app, Bullitt Satellite Messenger, to send messages to any smartphone, anywhere you have a clear view of the sky. The service will first try to connect via Wi-Fi or cellular as normal, and if neither are available it will connect via satellite. Anyone can receive a message as a simple SMS to their existing phone and can respond by downloading the associated Android or iOS app.”
The cost of the messages will be deducted from the satellite messaging subscriber’s plan with no cost to the recipient. SOS Assistance is free for the first year and subscription plans start from as little as $4.99/ month, with heavier usage plans also available.