According to a recent rumor from Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 13 might come satellite ready — just not in the way that most people might want. While initial speculation suggested iPhone users might be able to make calls sans cell service via satellite networks, subsequent reports indicate the feature might be for emergencies only.
If you were among the iPhone users who were psyched about the prospect of utilizing satellite calling whenever you want, here’s the bright side: There are quite a few satellite phones and hotspots you can buy right now for those treks out into the cellular void, and as an added bonus you don’t have to wait around for Apple to buy them.
If you already plan on bringing a smartphone into the sticks, you may want to consider going with a hotspot instead of an actual, dedicated phone. The Iridium Go! can be coupled with your phone to send texts, pictures, and enable voice calling and you can even send your GPS location automatically with the push of a button. You absolutely do not need an iPhone 13 to use this hotspot!
If you truly can’t live without a satellite smartphone, the Thuraya X5-Touch has got you covered. Very much unlike an iPhone, the Thuraya runs Android and comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen and an 8MP rear camera, which isn’t exactly HD, but it’s better than dropping your DSLR down a ravine or into a mud puddle. Unfortunately, the iPhone 13 may even end up beating this thicc sat phone in the price department...