Infosat Communications Expands Handheld Communications with Introduction of the Iridium Extreme™ and Iridium AxcessPoint
CALGARY, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - INFOSAT COMMUNICATIONS LP, a strategic partner of Iridium Communications Inc., announces the availability of the new Iridium Extreme™ handset. This new satellite phone is the most advanced, rugged handset on the market, with the ability to locate users anywhere on the surface of the planet. Infosat Communications will also make available for purchase the Iridium AxcessPoint accessory that connects Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as smartphones, via Iridium's global network.
"We are excited to introduce these ground breaking new products to our customers," said Dale Gamber, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Infosat. "Iridium has always been the gold standard in satellite handheld communication, and these new devices and services add even more value for our customers working around the world." Iridium Extreme provides customers one in-hand solution for voice, data, GPS, SOS, tracking and SMS, enabling them to make the connections that matter, under tough conditions, to and from the furthest reaches of the planet. Iridium Extreme is the smallest and lightest Iridium handset model ever released. It meets stringent U.S. Department of Defense Military Standard 810F for durability and is rich in added capabilities, featuring the first dedicated, two-way emergency SOS button on a satellite phone.
Iridium Extreme leads the market with fully integrated GPS and location-based service capabilities for web based identification and tracking of friends, loved ones or employees.
"Iridium pioneered the satellite phone industry more than ten years ago with the first handheld, commercial satellite phone," said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. "Together with Infosat, today's launch is about more than just a satellite phone. The innovative Iridium Extreme features a series of industry 'firsts,' including new, powerful capabilities and applications that work off the Iridium network, and enable devices that are already in customers' hands."
Iridium AxcessPoint is a lightweight, portable device that connects via USB cable to an Iridium phone (Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555) to establish a Wi-Fi hotspot. Iridium AxcessPoint provides Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, with connectivity from anywhere in the world through Iridium, the only truly global network. Users can begin using Iridium AxcessPoint with Blackberry and Android phones, as well as laptops, instantly, and will be able to download the new Iridium AxcessPoint Mail Web application to their iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows and Mac laptops to accelerate their email and web surfing experience over the Iridium network. For more information on Iridium AxcessPoint, and Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software, visit www.infosat.com.
Iridium AxcessPoint Connect is a downloadable application that turns any Windows laptop into a global Wi-Fi hotspot when connected to an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 phone, enabling compatible Wi-Fi devices to use email and internet. The ground-breaking Iridium AxcessPoint Connect application works with Iridium Direct Internet compression software and can be downloaded by users free of charge at www.Iridium.com.
For more information on Iridium Extreme, Iridium AxcessPoint or the Infosat products and services enabled by this new vision, please visit www.infosat.com/extreme.
About Infosat Communications LP
Infosat Communications LP is a full service provider of mobile satellite communication services. As one of North America's leading providers and integrators of satellite communication solutions, Infosat also offers access to quality mobile satellite communications networks including the Iridium Network. Infosat provides experience and reliability to businesses and industries where voice and data communication are vital. Additionally Infosat offers access to 24 Hour Customer Support via our in-house Network Operation Center (NOC.) Service from Infosat's NOC complements coverage which surpasses cellular and other terrestrial modes. Please visit www.infosat.com for more information about Infosat Communications.
Iridium Communications Inc. (Iridium) is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network - Iridium NEXT. Iridium is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock) and IRDMW ($7.00 warrants). For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.For further information:
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