Bullitt Group partners with chipset giant MediaTek to power the world’s first satellite-to-mobile messaging smartphone.
The device, launching Q1 2023, is at the edge of technical innovation, surpassing plans of other satellite communications players named in the mobile space race
Reading. November 29th 2022.
Bullitt Group, the innovative British smartphone company, has partnered with the world’s leading chipset supplier, MediaTek, to launch the world’s first smartphone to include two-way satellite messaging technology. The phone and OTT satellite service will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2023 and incorporate a free of charge satellite SOS feature*.
Bullitt and MediaTek have worked together over the last 18 months to enable the addition of direct to satellite communication in the next generation of Bullitt designed 5G smartphones. Bullitt is the first to use MediaTek’s 3GPP NTN (Non-Terrestrial Network) chipset. Proprietary software and service components have also been developed in parallel to provide the OTT satellite messaging service.
Device software is intelligent and switches to the satellite link only when no cellular or Wi-Fi connection is available. The service integrates with the user’s existing contacts to provide a seamless experience when using the satellite link to communicate with a phone on a cellular network. The time to initially connect to the satellite and send a message is around 10 seconds.
*Satellite SOS service will be offered to users free of charge for an initial trial period of 12 months from the date of purchase of a qualifying device. The qualifying device must be purchased on or before 31 December 2023 to be eligible for this offer. Subject to terms and conditions.