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Definition: Globalstar


(Globalstar, Milpitas, CA, www.globalstar.com) A satellite-based communications company that offers voice and data service throughout 80% of the world's surface. Globalstar was the second satellite system to use LEO satellites and handheld phones (Iridium was the first), but Globalstar was the first to use Qualcomm's CDMA technology, which is known for its high quality. The Globalstar service was rolled out in late 1999.




Globalstar Wi-Fi Hotspot
The Sat-Fi2 supports voice calls, text messaging, email, weather and S.O.S. emergency service, GPS and Web browsing. The thick antenna is required because the LEO satellites are 876 miles away rather than just a few miles as with cellular. (Image courtesy of Globalstar.)