Satellite consortium Iridium is set to launch a range of phones at the Cebit show in Hanover this month. But the units will not be available until September this year.
Thomas Lowenthal, managing director of Iridium Services Germany, said that the satellite phones will cost around the #3,000 mark.
There are three designs - one with a telescopic aerial, one with a swinging arm and ones that supports GSM and PC Cards.
Said Lowenthal: "If you're travelling to China, you'll find it far cheaper to use this technology. This is state of the art technology."
At the same time, Iridium announced it had signed its first service provision agreements in the UK. The service providers will be Orange and UniqueAir.
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