AT&T to sell satellite-enabled smart phone

This undated product image released by AT&T, shows the TerreStar Genus phone. On Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, AT&T will start selling its first phone that includes a backstop for AT&T's own network, over a satellite. The new phone, TerreStar Genus, could be an important tool for boaters, fishermen, forest wardens, emergency crews and others who go outside regular cellular coverage. NO SALES. (AP Photo/AT&T)
September 21, 2010 7:50:13 AM PDT
AT&T has weathered plenty of complaints about spotty cell phone coverage. On Tuesday, it will start selling its first phone that includes a backstop for AT&T's own network, over a satellite. That means blanket coverage of the U.S., even in the wilderness or hundreds of miles offshore.

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