According to the information, three outdoor photographer friends were shooting wild animals in the Gongger Grassland in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, during the shooting, there was a sudden snowstorm occurred, and the low visibility, one of them separated from the group and lost in the snowstorm.
Since the travel friend is located in an uninhabited area and there was no network signal, when he was cold and hungry and was about to lose temperature, the traveler suddenly realized that his Huawei Mate 50 has a satellite communication feature.
Afterward, the lost photographer sent a distress SMS to his friend with Huawei Mate 50 and his group mates found him based on the location. Some people said that satellite communication technology is too practical for people who often go into the wild.
This feature lets you send an SMS to a recipient, which doesn’t require the smartphone to have a mobile network, as it runs through Satellite. Users will have to point out the phone towards the sky, match the satellite signal and send the message.
Currently, China’s satellite communication technology relies on the Beidou satellite system to receive and forward messages. To be mentioned, China has 39 Beidou satellites in the sky, which can fully meet the needs of satellite communication systems.
Currently, these phones support satellite communication:
- Huawei Mate 50 series
- Huawei P60 series (March 2023)
- Huawei Mate X3 series (March 2023)
- iPhone 14 series
- ZTE Axon 50 series
- Honor Magic 5 series (February 2023)
- Meizu 20 series (March 2023)
Huawei Mate 50 series comes with one-way message communication, which means the user can only send a message and won’t receive a reply. However, the upcoming Huawei P60 and Mate X3 are likely to introduce two-way satellite SMS communication, while there’s more to come in front of us on this matter.