Look at this little guy. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but powerful enough to enable you to make phone calls, text, and use data virtually anywhere in the world. Like, even on the peaks of remote mountains or in the middle of uninhabited deserts, thanks to the magic of satellites.
One of the ways that we know when and where comets came crashing into Earth is by checking the ground for iridium. Although this platinum-colored metal is common in space, Earth's supply of iridium seems to have vanished. Why is it so common out there, but so very rare down here?
If you think your phone's data connection is shitty at home, just imagine being in the middle of the wilderness. Or on a mountain. Or the ocean. Iridium's new super-rugged handset and access point sucks satellite signal everywhere you go.
Every time there's an airplane crash and they can't find the flight data recorder I ask the same question: Why don't they transmit all the data and record it in a server in real time? That's what Iridium thinks too.
Satellite phones are still struggling to make it into this decade, design wise, but Iridium's new 9555 is a solid leap forward, with its internalized antenna, speakerphone, improved SMS and email and 30% volume reduction in comparison to its predecessor, the 9505a. It's still a piece Gordon Gekko would feel at home…