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Ericsson announces the R190 satellite/GSM dual mode phone
Posted: 23-Mar-2000 [Source: Ericsson press release]

[Weighing in at only 210 grams, it is a GSM phone when in a coverage area, and an ACeS satellite phone when not.]

Ericsson today announced the R190, the world's smallest and lightest satellite/GSM dual mode phone specially designed to work with the ACeS regional geostationary satellite, deployed over the Asia Pacific region. Calls have been placed successfully across the network using the Ericsson R190. Equivalent to a standard GSM phone in design, size and weighing just over 200 grams, the Ericsson R190 phone represents a leap forward for satellite handsets. Ericsson expects to launch the R190 during the second half of 2000.

The Ericsson R190 is capable of operating in both satellite and GSM 900 modes. Once out of cellular range, the phone automatically switches to satellite mode to send or receive calls making it the ideal phone for users travelling to remote areas beyond cellular coverage.

"The development of a satellite handset of comparable size of a cellular phone represents a significant step forward for satellite communications and makes it more attractive for subscribers, " said Jan Ahrenbring, Vice president, Marketing and Communications at Ericsson Mobile Communications. "With the dual mode Ericsson R190, subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region can benefit from extended mobile connectivity as a result of the complementary nature of satellite and GSM systems."

The phone is targeted at users who require extended connectivity to be able to call wherever they are in the Asia-Pacific region. ACeS subscribers travelling outside satellite coverage will be able to roam GSM networks worldwide.

"We're pleased to have Ericsson on board as supplier of phones for the ACeS network," said Adi Adiwoso, CEO and President of AceS. "The launch of the ACeS services, combined with the announcement of the Ericsson R190 dual mode phone gives subscribers total coverage of Asia Pacific in addition to roaming capabilities on GSM networks around the world."

The Ericsson R190's small size is enabled by GMSS, which is derived from the popular GSM standard and exploits the filters, mixers and RF base band components already present in a GSM handset. Subscribers are able to roam on GSM networks and remain in communication should they move out of coverage area by switching to satellite mode.

The Ericsson R190 functions in four modes: GSM preferred - searches first for a GSM network and switches to satellite if one isn't found, GSM only - searches only for a GSM network, satellite preferred - searches first for the satellite network and switches to GSM if it is not found, and satellite only - searches only for the satellite network. The phone is complemented by a range of useful accessories that will simplify and help usage in different situations.

To view the new Ericsson R190, please visit: www.ericsson.com

Ericsson R190 features include:

* ACeS satellite/GSM 900 dual band

* Weight 210 grams

* Size 130 x 50 x 32 mm

* Ultra slim battery

* Extra snap-on satellite antenna

* Talk time, 3 hours 40 minutes in both modes

* Standby time, 43 hours in both modes

* Smart dialing

* Data, fax, in GSM mode only

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