XGate iPhone and Android apps let users post to popular social media sites when connected to a Wi-Fi enabled satellite data feed
MARYVILLE, TN OCTOBER 31, 2012 – Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speed and services, today announced an update to its XGate iPhone and Android apps that lets users update their Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds when connected to a Wi-Fi enabled satellite data service. XGate Social Media Services are immediately available to XGate subscribers in addition to accelerated satellite phone email, web browsing and weather data services.
“Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are the way millions of people share their lives with others every day. Yet until now satellite phone users, who are often in the remote places or emergency situations where they most want to update others of their status, have found it hard to post to social media sites,” said Dr. Luis Soltero, President and CTO of GMN.
“Now, satellite phone users can update all of their friends, business contacts or followers via satellite phone with the press of a button in the XGate application.”
XGate offers email, web, weather, and now, social media services, designed for the unique needs of satellite data users. Satellite data feeds are significantly slower and/or much more expensive than most cellular data services, but have the advantage of working in places and times where cellular networks are not available. XGate uses three to twenty times less data for each of its services than standard email, web, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter apps, saving satellite users time and money.
To access XGate services, users simply need to connect to a Wi-Fi enabled satellite data feed, as would be found on a marine vessel, or created by a device such as the GMN Optimizer Satellite Firewall and Wi-Fi hotspot. XGate will also work over cellular data networks, allowing customers to use a single app regardless of network, or to save on cellular data usage charges.
XGate data services are a fast, reliable and easy-to-use satellite phone email, web, weather data – and now – social media service. Features include:
- Up to 20 times faster email transfer speeds through compression and custom server protocols
- Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn posting
- Mid-file restart and automatic satellite phone connection control
- Access to free GRIB weather files
XGate’s associated XWeb service accelerates web browsing an average of three to five times faster than uncompressed rates through compression, page re-rendering and ad-blocking, giving users easier and more reliable access to web sites.
Pricing and Availability
Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter updating are available to both new and existing users for standard XGate subscription rates. Existing XGate subscribers can download the latest version of XGate in the XGate downloads center. Currently, XGate Social Media services are available for all users of the following Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux versions:
XGate works with any IP-based data service, including the following satellite phones.
Compatible USB-based satellite phones:
- Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro
- Iridium 9555
- Iridium Extreme (9575)
- Iridium OpenPort
- Globalstar GSP-1700
- All Thuraya USB-based phones
Compatible Serial or Ethernet-based phones and terminals:
- Inmarsat FleetBroadband
- Inmarsat BGAN
- Iridium 9500
- Iridium 9505, 9505a
- Globalstar GSP-1600
- Globalstar GSP-2900
- Thuraya IP
About Global Marine Networks, LLC
Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services, helps Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services providers and their customers by offering the industry’s fastest, most reliable and easy-to-use E-mail, web, and other hardware and software services to maritime, oil and gas, first responder and business continuity users. The company’s products include XGate high-speed satellite email, WeatherNet weather and oceanographic data software, and vessel tracking systems. Ship to shore network management solutions are sold by GMN under the RedPort Global brand name at http://www.redportglobal.com and as white-label solutions for the world’s premier satellite data service providers.
GMN has numerous awards and certifications for technical innovation and holds pending patents on its products. For more information on how GMN is Making Airtime Count™ - whether ship to shore, or in remote or emergency communications environments visit www.globalmarinenet.com.
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