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Iridium, Globalstar Pursue Customers With Satellite Wi-Fi

Satellite-phone companies, seeking to expand beyond their niche market, are introducing products that let consumers set up Wi-Fi in remote campgrounds and other places where there’s no cellular signal.

Today Iridium Communications Inc. unveiled Iridium GO!, a portable device that creates a Wi-Fi hot spot, allowing as many as five smartphones to make calls or surf the Web. Low-end service plans are expected to start at about $35 a month, with unlimited plans at about $130 a month, the company said. Globalstar Inc., one of Iridium’s competitors, introduced a similar product called Sat-Fi on Jan. 29.