The recently added data capability of the IsatPhone Pro, providing a circuit-switched data rate of up to an effective 20kbps on applications such as plain text e-mail
, was introduced in response to the growing demand for basic data connectivity from mobile users equipped with a handheld satellite phone.
Initially users can only read and reply to text e-mail
messages but THUS expects an enhanced service that allows the sending and receiving of picture attachments to become available within twelve months.
* Multi-Media/Multi-Channel (MMMC) Capability: Static text e-mail
has limited appeal and increasingly resembles "junk mail." Multi-media communication that combines graphics, video, and audio stimulates increased viewership.