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Bullitt unveils satellite-enabled Android smartphones

Hiker on Phone in Mountains British ruggedized handset maker Bullitt unveiled its first satellite-enabled smartphones Feb. 24 that can send and receive text messages outside cellular coverage.

The company’s Caterpillar-branded Cat S75 model geared for markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is available for pre-order at prices starting at 599 euros ($634).

Prices for Motorola Defy 2, which Bullitt said would be available from certain operators across North America, Latin America, and Canada from April, start at $599.

Both Android phones feature a 6.6-inch display and the ability to connect to geostationary orbit (GEO) satellites in addition to terrestrial 5G networks without needing an external antenna, thanks to hardware from Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek.

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