I can't imagine this would do very well in the consumer space. Consumers phones are becoming more about data and less about voice, and knowing what I know of hardware built 25 years ago, these satellites could in no way handle 2-5 million iphone / android users.
They might be able to handle 2 million phone only users, but with a true capacity of closer to 80k simultaneous users I would expect a lot of busy signals.
99.9% of americans don't talk to any one out of the country, proof is in how many of you actually are proficient at a second or third language and would never call any one outside of the usa more then once a month let alone weekly or daily unless it was a friend or relative deployed overseas.
99.9% of people do not need a world phone as they never ever leave their tiny small small world after all.
you just got disney rolled.
I live outside the USA.... also there are areas in the USA without reception and without phones... crazy but true. Around the world there are a lot of place like that. It might not be millions of people who want this, but I can easily envision 1 or 2 million who might be interested.
[citation][nom]southernshark[/nom]I live outside the USA.... also there are areas in the USA without reception and without phones... crazy but true. Around the world there are a lot of place like that. It might not be millions of people who want this, but I can easily envision 1 or 2 million who might be interested.[/citation]
Indeed even if there are people that only speak to each other within the borders of a country that country might not have the cell infrastructure needed actually a LOT of places are like that in the world.
I think people might not understand exactly what these devices do. Iridium makes not just sat phones, but NSA approved secure sat phones. Their really big in the DoD, General Officers and some Colonels get Iridium phones so that they can securely communicate from any location and discuss secret squirl stuff. Companies use them for their CEOs and upper executives for the exact same reason. Of course the GO / CEO doesn't carry the phone around, their aide / personal assistance does, so the actual size much of an issue.
Now how will this translate into consumer space? I don't see the general consumer market as having a burning need for ultra secure personal communicators.
This had to come up at a time when the world was getting worried about the space debris falling to earth and feel a need to clear it up.
So the jack in the box pops out all of a sudden saying , "Watch it!!! You can bring down the rest, don't touch my 81"
Fear does rule the world. So since 99.9 % people in the US don't talk to people Overseas that often, as someone mentioned here earlier..... doesn't it ring a bell or raise any eyebrows as to who this company is offering it's lines too??? Covert subversive outfits????????? The terror network??? Bad boys in Black??????? My goodness...... no wonder it took so long to get to the Ladens..... going thru 81 sats must have been time consuming I guess.....
Yeah, and for all the chaps screaming that the Big Brothers watching you...... here are your eyes in the sky......
81 Sats for 25 Million..........308642 $ Approx per Sat ( hey I could get a few)..... Just Google the cost of launching a satellite.... and you'll realize that the world of corporates and government really take us for fools........ let alone the cost of the satellite