provides global, reliable voice and data for individuals who live and work in areas outside of cellular network coverage, or in places with poor landline services. Satellite calls can be routed directly from the satellite phone to the Iridium satellites orbiting above a user's location. Global phone satellite service enables users to communicate in any remote regions where wireless or landline networks are limited, nonexistent or developing. This satellite phone also provides an excellent communication tool for homeland security applications. With Iridium service you can stay in touch across seas and time zones, in remote locations and on the go.
April 19, 1999-- New offerings include world's smallest satellite phone, Iridium pager and satellite adapter that integrates with the three new Kyocera cellular handsets Kyocera Electronics, Inc. (key-o-sara) today announced the availability of its Iridium global satellite telephone and paging network equipment with the introduction of six products - an Iridium-only satellite handset, an Iridium Satellite Adapter that integrates with three Kyocera cellular handsets to access the Iridium network and an Iridium Satellite pager. The simultaneous release of six wireless products into the expanding and evolving wireless markets in the western hemisphere, make this a landmark effort for Kyocera Electronics.
"The introduction of Kyocera's Iridium product line is a bold step on our company's path through the 21st century," said Yasuo Nishiguchi, Executive Senior Vice president of Kyocera Corporate in Yokohama, Japan. "Telecommunications is one of our three major business focuses going forward, and we are pleased to contribute to the deployment of the Iridium Satellite and Iridium World Roaming services with our Kyocera equipment. The Iridium system holds the potential to fundamentally change global wireless communication." Iridium is the first global wireless communications network that combines the worldwide reach of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites with land-based wireless systems to enable subscribers to communicate using handheld telephones and pagers virtually anywhere in the world. "The availability of the Kyocera satellite phones and complementary cellular handsets is a major factor in the continued growth of Iridium," said Edward F. Staiano, Iridium's Vice-Chairman and CEO. "We aim to develop the foremost global communications network, and the distribution of quality equipment is clearly vital to that effort." Kyocera's new Iridium product family includes: 1. The SS-66K Single Mode Iridium Handset - A rugged, weather resistant handset designed for use where there is no cellular coverage or when satellite communication is preferred. The feature rich Kyocera satellite phone includes an integral antenna that permits in-bound calls without retracting the antenna; graphical LCD display; world clock with automatic local time adjusting alarms and timers; 7-minute digital recording for answering machine, voice memo and conversation recording features; 18 languages; a global charger with 4 AC cables 110 and 220 VAC supply; two batteries and soft carrying case. The phone provides 150 minutes of talk time or 16 hours of continual standby time on each battery charge. The Kyocera Iridium satellite phones are data ready to support standard RS-232 data interconnection for fax and data transmission (when Iridium launches their data services). 2. The SD-66K Iridium Dual Mode Adapter - The Iridium satellite adapter integrates with any of the three Kyocera cellular phones listed below by simply snapping the cellular into the adapter. The man-machine interface of the cellular, including all of the memory locations stored in the cellular, then "drives" the satellite adapter when attached, making the access to the Iridium network as simple as using your daily cellular phone. The adapter supports most of the same features as the SS-66K Single Mode Iridium handset through the attached cellular handset. 3. The KI-G100 Iridium capable GSM Handset - An ultra-light cellular phone that gives users convenient access to the vast GSM 900 cellular networks of Europe and Asia. The phone is only 5 3/4 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide and weighs 3.7 ounces. Outside GSM coverage areas, the user can simply snap the phone into the SD-66K adapter to access Iridium satellite services. The KI-G100 stores up to 300 phone numbers, supports short message services, is SMS capable and provides two hours of continuous talk time or up to 60 hours standby with a standard battery. 4. The KI-A100 Iridium Capable AMPS Handset - A compact 4.2 oz cellular phone that works in the AMPS cellular service areas throughout the western hemisphere, the KI-A100 can dock into the Kyocera Adapter for immediate Iridium access. The KI-A100 stores 99 phone numbers and can redial the last 10 numbers called features a vibration mode for discrete call reception, super speed dial, continuous standby time of 10 hours, or one hour of talk time. 5. The SP-66K Iridium Pager - Designed to operate virtually anywhere in the world for up to 30 days on one standard 1.5 volt AA Alkaline battery. The pager features support for 19 languages, 128KB RAM memory, "sender ID" phone number matching and receives 200-character alphanumeric text. It is small, lightweight and includes a full dot matrix LCD with backlight, standard icons that detail settings and operation modes, plus vibrator function and seven different receptional alerts. 6. The PD-66K Iridium Capable PDC Handset - Designed for use in
Japan, it provides particularly long continuous standby and talk times, 300-330 hours and 210-220 minutes, respectively. The phone also features a friendly graphical user interface to access the vast feature set of this phone and supports the ability to toggle between alpha and Japanese input. Kyocera Electronics, Inc., is rolling out its Iridium product family through authorized Iridium service providers throughout the Western Hemisphere, except in Brazil where Kyocera Yashica do Brazil will support the distribution of Kyocera products. Iridium will provide communications where telephone service was previously non-existent.
Kyocera KI-G100/SD-66K Trekking in the Himalayas or sailing up the Amazon? Then you'll need an Iridium satellite phone with you. Along with the Internet, mobile phones represent one of the biggest growth industries of the past decade. Mobile phone coverage has become so widespread that you're likely to find a GSM signal in almost every town in the world. This is all well and good, but if you're not travelling to a town, or even to an inhabited area, your GSM mobile phone won't do you much good. You could be hiking in the Himalayas or trekking through the Amazon, where mobile phone coverage is needed but sadly lacking. However, there's an answer to this problem and it's called the Iridium network. Unlike standard mobile phone networks, Iridium doesn't use cells to keep in contact with all its users. Instead, it has a network of 66 satellites that beam the signal to and from its phones. This means you can use an Iridium phone almost anywhere on the planet, making it ideal for adventurers. Of course, the situation isn't perfect. Because you are beaming a signal to a satellite, you need to have line of sight to the sky. An Iridium phone won't work if you're inside a building, unless you can point the aerial out of a window. One of the first companies to produce a phone using the Iridium standard is Kyocera. The company is more commonly known for making printers, so this is quite a departure. That said, it has done a fine job of implementing this new technology. Although Kyocera produces an Iridium-only phone, we decided to look at its Iridium/GSM combo unit. This package comprises a KI-G100 GSM mobile phone and an SD-66K Iridium unit. The beauty of this solution is that you can use the GSM phone separately when you're in an area with coverage, then slip it into the Iridium unit when you aren't. Considering that GSM phones are getting smaller and sexier all the time, Kyocera has done a good job with the KI-G100. It measures 41 x 130 x 25.5mm (W x H x D) and weighs only 105g. It offers approximately two hours' talk time and 70 hours' standby. It boasts all the usual mobile phone features and has a useful jog shuttle for scrolling through your address book and options. The phone uses the GSM 900 standard, which gives you coverage in almost every country with the exception of the US. For some reason the Americans decided to launch their GSM network on the 1900 standard, used by no other country in the world. If you find yourself without GSM 900 coverage, as I recently did while in Las Vegas, you can slip the KI-G100 into the SD-66K unit and use Iridium instead. Once the two units are joined, it looks similar to the early brick-sized mobile phones. Although you can use a specific Iridium SIM card, if you have a Cellnet GSM SIM card in the KI-G100, you can use that to make calls on the Iridium network as well. In use, Iridium wasn't perfect. It generally took about 10 dropped calls before a connection was actually made. Once the call was put through, though, the sound quality was every bit as good as a standard GSM call. Although standing on the streets of London or Las Vegas watching call after call being dropped wasn't much fun, if I was stuck in the jungle and needed help, a few dropped calls would be a small price to pay. Call charges vary from the country of origin and range from $1.18 (72p) to $2.74 (£1.67) per minute of call time. The Iridium module comes complete with two lithium ion batteries and a smart little remote vibrating buzzer. This is particularly useful if you've got lots of heavy-weather clothing on and you can't hear the phone ringing. If you place the small buzzer near your body, when the phone receives a call it will vibrate to alert you. On the whole Kyocera has come up with a great product. The market for this type of equipment may not be huge, but if you find yourself out in the wilderness, it's exactly what you need.
|Operating Frequency:||1616 - 1626.5 MHz, L-Band|
|Duplexing Method:||Time Division Duplex(TDD)|
|Multiplexing Method:||TDMA/FDMA (GSM)|
|Link Margin:||15.5 dB average|
|Average Power:||0.57 Watts average|
|CEIRP Average:||-1.9 dBW|
|TX Spurs General EIRP:||-60 dBW|
|TX Spurs GNSS 1559-1605 MHz:||-80 dBW|
|TX Noise GNSS 1559-1650 MHz:||-70 BW/MHz|
|Standard Battery Life :|
|Continuous Talk Time:||Up to 2hrs (3.2 hours with the optional
High Capacity Battery or 5.5 hrs with the
optional Ultra High Capacity Battery)
|Standby Time:||Up to 16hrs (24 hours with the optional
High Capacity Battery or 48 hrs with the
optional Ultra High Capacity Battery)
|Mechanical & Environmental:|
|Weight:||Under 454g (16oz)|
|Dimensions:||7.60"L x 2.44"W x 2.66 "D
(193mm L x 62mm H x 68mm D)
|Operating Temperature:||-30ºC - 60ºC|