THE WORTH of iridium satellite phones as a standby communications facility of last resort, has been demonstrated, say its supporters, by the key role the technology played in the aftermath of the catastrophes of September 11.

Indeed, advocates of these comms systems have been vindicated, as the mobiles once mocked for being ineffective near tall buildings and trees, as well as being ludicrously expensive to run, proved instrumental in helping emergency workers and security officials communicate at the scene of the terrorist ...

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