Device turns smartphones into satellite communicators

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All the myriad benefits of today's smartphones amount to no more than the proverbial hill of beans if no cellphone signal is available. We've already seen a few solutions for off-grid connectivity — Range Networks' open source phone service, for example — but nothing quite like SPOT Connect. Launched just last week by Globalstar's California-based Spot subsidiary, SPOT Connect is a satellite communicator capable of sending messages over the Globalstar satellite network from a smartphone operating system. Smartphone users begin by downloading the SPOT Connect app. Then, when they're out of range, they pair their phone with the SPOT Connect…

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