Motorola Defy 2: A Rugged Phone for Satellite Messaging

Motorola Defy 2 – World’s First Smartphone with Bullitt’s Satellite Messenger Service

Motorola’s Defy 2 is the world’s first smartphone to use Bullitt’s satellite messenger service, providing users with advanced two-way satellite messaging, location sharing, and SOS assistance. The Defy 2 is one of Motorola’s most advanced 5G rugged phones, built to survive drops and falls up to 1.8 meters, and certified for IP68 and IP69K for dust, sand, dirt, and water ingress. It’s also been tested in high and low temperature extremes, in humid environments, and in salt mist conditions, and can be washed with soap and water or alcohol wipes.

Hardware and Software Specifications

The Defy 2 sports a large 6.6-inch FHD+ display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 120Hz refresh rate, a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 930 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory (expandable with microSD cards), and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. It also includes a triple camera setup (50MP + 8MP + 2MP) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Surprisingly, the Defy 2 will launch with Android 12 on board, but Motorola has already confirmed the phone will receive two OS updates and 5 years of security patches.

Bullitt’s Satellite Messenger Service

The Defy 2’s most impressive feature is the Bullitt Satellite Messenger service, which provides users with continuous coverage internationally over existing infrastructure. The service uses the phone’s hardware and the Bullitt Satellite Messenger app, to send messages. First, the phone will attempt to connect via Wi-Fi or cellular, and if neither are found, it will automatically connect via satellite. Recipients who don’t have the Bullitt Satellite Messenger can still receive messages as a simple SMS, but they will have to download the app if they want to respond. The cost of messages sent or received over satellite will be deducted from the satellite messaging subscriber’s plan with no cost to the recipient. Additionally, SOS Assist is available free for the first year at launch with the Motorola Defy 2 and is included in all plans. Customers interested can subscribe to Bullitt’s Satellite Messenger service for as low as $4.99 per month.

Availability and Price

The Motorola Defy 2 rugged smartphone will be available from Q2 2023 from selected carries across North America, Latin America, and Canada. It will sell for $600 outright, but the price also includes 12 months of SOS Assist, as mentioned earlier. The Motorola Defy Satellite Link Bluetooth accessory will also be available for purchase sometime in Q2 2023 for $100. A bundle including 12 months subscription to the Essential Messaging service plan (up to 30 two-way messages per month and SOS Assist) will start at $150.