Skip to main content

This cool gadget adds emergency satellite messaging to any smartphone

Motorola is bringing the benefits of satellite communication to almost any phone with the Motorola Defy Satellite Link. The rugged dongle connects using Bluetooth to your Android phone or iPhone. And through the use of a special app, it adds the ability to send and receive messages — or call for help in an emergency — when your phone is out of cellular service.

Satellite communication is one of the hottest mobile trends, with Apple adding it to the iPhone 14 series and Qualcomm announcing its own Snapdragon Satellite service recently. The new Motorola Defy Satellite Link is the product of three companies coming together to make this special feature more accessible.

Related Videos
The Motorola Defy Satellite Link dongle.

The Motorola Defy Satellite Link has been made under license by the Bullitt Group, which is also producing the Motorola Defy 2 and Cat S75 phones with satellite connectivity. Inside is the MediaTek MT6825 chipset, which performs the satellite connection. The Bullitt Satellite Messenger app is all that’s needed on your phone to make use of the dongle and its special ability.

Once connected, the Defy Satellite Link sends and receives messages, shares your location, and lets you communicate with an emergency service in case of an accident. It does all this even when there’s no cellular service, making it very useful for anyone hiking or adventuring, workers in remote areas, or even for people who happen to live somewhere with poor network coverage.

As tough as it is useful

The Motorola Defy Satellite Link dongle being used with a smartphone.

Because it’s best-suited to those who may be out in the wilderness, the Defy Satellite Link is a tough piece of tech. It has an IP68 water and dust resistance, and has been built to meet MIL-Spec 810H toughness standards, yet only weighs 70 grams and is 11mm thick. The device is no larger than the palm of your hand, so it’s not going to get in the way, and it even has a fabric strap and metal loop to attach it to your bag or a lanyard.

There’s no screen, so the 600mAh battery should keep it powered up for several days. Plus, it has its own GPS, so you can share your location easily even when it’s not paired to a smartphone. The Bullitt Satellite Messenger can be used to contact an emergency service, provided by FocusPoint International, so you can get help if it’s needed. And there’s no need to change your current phone. The only requirement is it needs to run at least iOS 14 or Android 10.

The Motorola Defy Satellite Link will be available starting in April, and it costs $99 or 99 British pounds. The Bullitt Satellite Messenger app requires a subscription to use, which starts at $5 per month and includes access to the SOS emergency service. Anyone replying to a message over a normal cellular or Wi-Fi connection can do so for free. There’s also a good value bundle with the dongle and a year’s subscription to the basic messaging and emergency plan for $149, or 149 pounds.

The Motorola Defy Satellite Link joins the Cat S75 and Motorola Defy 2 smartphones with satellite connectivity, and is part of Bullitt and MediaTek’s big plans to make messaging without cell service more accessible and more useful to everyone.

Editors' Recommendations

The 5 biggest announcements we expect from Google I/O 2023
The Google "G" logo surrounded by renders of the Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, and Android 14 logo.

Google I/O 2023 is right around the corner. Can you believe it? Google's annual developer conference acts as a showcase for the biggest and most interesting things the company is working on — including new Google Search tools, Android updates, and even upcoming hardware products.

Each year, Google I/O comes with more announcements than you can easily keep track of, and I/O 2023, which is scheduled for May 10, likely won't be any different. But what news from this year's conference are we most looking forward to? Here are a few of the biggest and most exciting things we expect to see at Google I/O 2023.
Android 14

Read more
A new Android 14 update is here — but you still shouldn’t download it
The Android 14 logo.

Google has released the second developer preview of Android 14, as the next major version of the operating system takes another step toward a full release. Like the first Android 14 developer preview, the clue as to who it’s for is in the name.

This early version is designed for developers to test new features and designs in their apps, and to explore how new tools in the software could help improve them. It’s not designed for everyday use by consumers -- that version will come later.

Read more
Your Google One plan just got 2 big security updates to keep you safe online
Two Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphones.

Google just added some major new security features to keep its Google One subscribers safe while on the web. After all, the internet is where you spend a lot of your time, whether that's looking things up, paying bills, shopping, booking appointments, or sharing photos with family and friends. That’s a lot of information, and Google wants to keep subscribers safe from the darker side of the web.

Regardless of whether you use an iPhone or an Android smartphone, all Google One subscribers are getting the following two security features.
VPN by Google One for everyone

Read more