When I read this review of the TerreStar Genus phone, not only did it confirm my own views about the limited prospects for the phone and the wider lack of interest in dual mode satellite phones, but it brought back quite a few memories from the late 1990s.
Most notably, likening a satellite phone to a “brick” is never a good sign (“It’s huge! It will scare people…If we had a campaign that featured our product, we’d lose“).
Also the suggestion that AT&T hasn’t identified the market correctly if it thinks people will use this as their “everyday mobile device”, along with criticism of the “hefty series of price tags” (“What it looks like now is a multibillion-dollar science project. There are fundamental problems: The handset is big, the service is expensive, and the customers haven’t really been identified“)