Inmarsat is launching its award-winning global satellite handheld IsatPhone Pro in Japan, announced the provider of global mobile satellite communications services today.
The IsatPhone Pro will be available to Japanese users from the beginning of August 2012, the company said in its announcement.
The phone will be made available in the Japanese market through Japan's largest mobile carrier NTT DOCOMO in partnership with JSAT MOBILE Communications.
The latter is a joint venture between Inmarsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation which is Asia-Pacific's largest satellite operator and also Japan's largest DTH broadcasting platform operator, SKY PerfecTV.
Inmarsat is touting the IsatPhone Pro as one that 'offers the ultimate combination of global coverage on the world's most reliable satellite network, a robust handset, and the longest battery life available in the market, with eight hours of talk time and up to a hundred hours of standby time'.
Besides satellite telephony, data, text and e-mail messaging, IsatPhone Pro provides GPS location and social media services. According to the phone maker, IsatPhone Pro users can send their GPS location, and access Twitter from anywhere in the world using the handset's short messaging service (SMS) function.
Satellite telephony assumes greater importance especially in disaster-hit areas. "The interest in satellite phones for business continuity and disaster recovery has greatly increased after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011," said Eiichi Yoda, president and chief executive officer, JSAT MOBILE. "It is our pleasure to respond to customer demand by introducing Inmarsat's IsatPhone Pro in Japan. We feel that this will be a very significant opportunity."
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