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Found yourself in the middle of the desert or vast ocean and you desperately seeking for an Internet connection? You can break the bank and buy yourself a satellite modem for your just-as-expensive satellite phone, but there is a cheaper alternative. AxcessPoint by Iridium allows your BlackBerry and Android devices to get connected online in places where Internet is hard to find. Users simply connect the deck-of-cards-sized device to any compatible Iridium satellite phone for an instant mobile hotspot. The speed may be slower than dial-up and you are most likely to be charged over $1 for every minute of data, but that is the price to pay for e-mailing SOS’s while in the middle of nowhere.

Iridium AxcessPoint works with BlackBerry and Android smartphones. Users of iDevices, Mac, and Windows PC would have to download the free AxcessPoint Mail & Web application. The device is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011, costing “less than $200.”

Source: Iridium, via Engadget

 
 

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