Satellite Radio May Be Coming to Handhelds, Smartphones

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Calypso Wireless has developed a new patent-pending technology that will allow users of handhelds and mobile phones to listen to broadcasts from XM Satellite Radio or Sirius Satellite Radio.

The technology allows receivers to automatically switch from receiving signals directly from a satellite to getting the broadcast over Wi-Fi when the user enters a building.

“Satellite radio service providers are already working to attract more subscribers by offering new data services like streaming news, stock quotes and sports scores. The next logical step is for them to also try to offer ways for their subscribers to be able to receive their signals in more places, like in their homes or at work and via all types of mobile devices, such as PDAs, iPods and cell phones. That is where Calypso’s state-of-the-art switching technology comes in. Subscribers would no longer have to worry about weak or lost satellite radio signals when they go into buildings as long as there is an available broadband network or Wi-Fi access point that their mobile radio or device equipped with Calypso’s technology could jump synch with, making a seamless jump from their provider’s satellite. This could be a major move for the industry,” says George Schilling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calypso Wireless, Inc.

This company plans to license its patent to device makers.

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