Tomorrow will be Friday the 13th, and for those who suffer from triskaidekaphobia (which is the fear of the number “13”), then chances are you would have made prior arrangements to coop yourself up, staying in bed and getting out of it only to go for toilet breaks. Well, the rest of the general populace will most probably go about their daily lives as any other normal day, and for folks who do plenty of traveling to far off places, you might be interested to hear about KDDI’s release of the Iridium Extreme satellite phone that will also carry GPS functionality – the first of its kind to do so.

Thanks to the introduction of GPS functionality, Extreme users will be able to update people in their address book from time to time regarding their location over email. Just in case there is an emergency, you can just push the SOS Button located at the top of the unit in order to send an automatic message which relays where your GPS position is.

The Iridium Extreme is definitely not a looker at all where mobile phones are concerned, but when you compared it to its predecessor, the 9555, this is a beauty, having shed 7% of its thickness and is 10% lighter, making it the thinnest, lightest Iridium satphone to date. Not only that, its durability has been enhanced thanks to better resistance to water and dust.

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