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December 1, 2009

TerreStar, Flextronics partner on manufacturing services for Genus smartphone

Smartphone combines 3G terrestrial wireless capability with satellite voice and data services

By CBR Staff Writer

Elektrobit (EB) and TerreStar have expanded their relationship to include EB’s provision of turnkey product delivery services to TerreStar for the TerreStar Genus smartphone, an EB design.

According to TerreStar, the new Genus smartphone combines 3G terrestrial wireless capability with satellite voice and data services, all in a standard smartphone size and form factor. It comes with the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, touchscreen, WiFi, bluetooth, GPS and a QWERTY keyboard, with satellite ubiquity and security.

The companies said that the new smartphone can be used throughout the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and offshore coastal waters and is intended to work as a user’s everyday cellular smartphone, with satellite access capability as a secondary option, when needed.

To provide TerreStar the agreed product delivery services, EB has sub-contracted with Flextronics for electronics manufacturing services, forward and reverse logistics and aftermarket services support. This partnership will provide TerreStar with manufacturing and complete supply chain visibility for the smartphone.

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Steve AuBuchon, vice president of product management at TerreStar, said: We remain committed to transforming the mobile experience by bringing the next generation of handheld solutions to market that will provide true mobile convergence and ubiquitous voice, data and video access across cellular and satellite connectivity options.

“Partnering with EB and Flextronics was a strategic move, as each brings extensive expertise from across the wireless value chain to enable TerreStar to quickly and cost-effectively meet its aggressive go-to-market initiatives.

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