Motorola Defy Satellite Link confers cell network-independent messaging and check-ins on any smartphone
Adventure-hungry travelers or holiday-makers may feel the pressure to either upgrade to an iPhone 14 Pro-series device or wait for a next-gen Android smartphone in order to stay in contact with their loved ones, even in an emergency situation, prior to setting off.
However, Motorola has released the Defy Satellite Link as an alternative (and possibly more affordable) alternative. Its enlarged IP68-rated dongle form contains the ability to connect most mobile devices to a satellite network.
The smartphone or tablet in question can then send messages, (SOS or otherwise) that are rated to show up as conventional SMSs for the recipient, regardless of coverage from the user's normal network. The Defy Satellite Link's 600mAh battery is rated to last for up to 4 days between charges (in standby mode).
The Defy Satellite Link also has its own version of iOS 17's location-sharing features, which can be activated via a dedicated button on the device. This new extra method of staying in contact is provided by Motorola's partner for this alternative form of connectivity, Bullitt.
That does however means that the Link needs a subscription service for full working order. It comes with access to its most basic tier for free out of the box, although it expires after the first year of use. The Defy Satellite Link is now listed on Amazon in the US or Europe for US$149 or €179.