iPhone 6, iOS 7 w/ satellite phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BZIG, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. BZIG macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2011
    When I go offshore, I pair my iphone 4s with Delorme inreach, would be nice if the next release iphone 6? is capable of satellite transmit even in simplex data only.

    Do you think its possible?
  2. Jordan921 macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    not happening. Satellite phone is way too expensive.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Anything's possible. With mass produced products possible isn't what matters. It's what the majority wants (or are perceived to want) that matters. I'd say it's unlikely given the relative lack of popularity of satellite service.
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    The last I hear, people are not beating down carriers' doors for satellite service.
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Anything is possible, but if you consider the nearly zero demand, I think you'll conclude that it won't happen any time soon.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, I don't ever see it happening.
  8. BZIG thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2011
    The cost for text messaging by satellite is cheap these days, paying less than at@t cell data plan and its in the iridium network, pole to pole. There is also a lower cost Globalstar Spot connect, around 9 bucks.

    It pairs up with your iphone by bluetooth, though somewhat clunky to set up but when u get the hang of it, its better than a 406 plb. :D

    When was the last time you went fishing, hiking, climbing and there was no cell coverage, what u gonna do when TSHTF?
  9. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    an interesting idea, if apple could integrate the satellite phone within the same enclosure without sacrificing battery life and other features.. sure why not...

    apple included GLONASS plus GPS in the 4S - 5, but I doubt it is something apple would invest their time with unless the technology & price is mature enough to use
  10. BZIG thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2011
    They can call it iPhone 6 S for satellite :D

    I like to travel light and having an all in one system is better, I'm hoping Apple is able to offer it sometime.

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