Although mobile phone coverage hits about 99 per cent of the population, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy says that satellite phone coverage covers 100 per cent of the population AND of the Australian landmass. Pivotel has launched SPOT Connect -- bringing satellite comms to smartphones.
SPOT Connect can be used with iOS devices, including 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch devices, iPhone 3G and above and Android 2.x or better smartphones. The SPOT Connect device connects to the handset via Bluetooth and allows email, texts and updates to Facebook and Twitter. There's also integration with Google Maps so you can let folks know where you are...
The SOS feature can send your GPS coordinates and a message if you get lost and require rescue.
The SPOT Connect costs $279 plus the subscription service to access the satellite tracking and messaging services.