Calls have been placed successfully across the network using the
Ericsson R190. Equivalent to a standard GSM phone in design, size and
weighing just over 200 grams, the Ericsson R190 phone represents a leap
forward for satellite handsets. Ericsson expects to launch the R190
during the second half of 2000.
The Ericsson R190 is capable of
operating in both satellite and GSM 900 modes. Once out of cellular
range, the phone automatically switches to satellite mode to send or
receive calls making it the ideal phone for users travelling to remote
areas beyond cellular coverage.
With the dual mode Ericsson
R190, subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region can benefit from extended
mobile connectivity as a result of the complementary nature of satellite
and GSM systems.
The phone is targeted at users who require
extended connectivity to be able to call wherever they are in the
Asia-Pacific region. ACeS subscribers travelling outside satellite
coverage will be able to roam GSM networks worldwide.
Ericsson R190' s small size is enabled by GMSS, which is derived from
the popular GSM standard and exploits the filters, mixers and RF base
band components already present in a GSM handset. Subscribers are able
to roam on GSM networks and remain in communication should they move out
of coverage area by switching to satellite mode.
R190 functions in four modes: GSM preferred - searches first for a GSM
network and switches to satellite if one isn' t found, GSM only -
searches only for a GSM network, satellite preferred - searches first
for the satellite network and switches to GSM if it is not found, and
satellite only - searches only for the satellite network. The phone is
complemented by a range of useful accessories that will