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January 18, 2008

Dysprosium?

srikanth @ 11:07 am, GMT +0000 ( 1200654439 ) Play

They started out big. Everyone expected them to be the next greatest thing. In fact, their first customer was this guy:

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But they tanked pretty soon, essentially because they had no market left after cellular phones became popular. Their logo is:

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They don’t have much of a market, but some people can’t live without them. Who are they?

Cracked by: shashank , Dibyo , teju , vaibhav008 , gammafunction , udupendra , Atul Mathew , madhur , bs , FDOB , duriel (with clue explanation), piezocake , Shreyas , sidsen , 2ndratequizzer , Tathagata Chatterjee , Keerthi Kiran M , yaksha , nishas thambi and jayanth.

Answer: Iridium.

The “original” satellite-phone company. They set up a system of satellites meant for global satellite coverage, but never really took off. They’re officially bankrupt now, I think.


22 Responses to “Dysprosium?”

  1. sach

    sony ericsson


  2. Iridium


  3. Dibyo
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    Iridium


  4. teju
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    The Iridium satellite constellation is a system of 66 active communication satellites with spares in orbit and on the ground. It allows worldwide voice and data communications using handheld satellite phones. The first Iridium call was made by then-Vice President of the United States Al Gore.


  5. vaibhav008

    Iridium


  6. gammafunction
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    Iridium!
    once again…. hail Computer networks-Tanenbaum!!


  7. udupendra
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    Iridium


  8. Atul Mathew
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    Iridium


  9. madhur
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    Iridium communications service was launched on November 1, 1998 and went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 13, 1999. The first Iridium call was made by then-Vice President of the United States Al Gore (in picture).

    The Iridium satellite constellation is a system of 66 active communication satellites with spares in orbit and on the ground. It allows worldwide voice and data communications using handheld satellite phones. The Iridium network is unique in that it covers the whole earth, including poles, oceans and airways.

    Its financial failure was largely due to insufficient demand for the service, coupled with a massive initial capital cost running into the billions of dollars (the handsets could not operate until the entire constellation was in place). The increased coverage of terrestrial cellular networks (e.g. GSM) and the rise of roaming agreements between cellular providers proved to be fierce competition. The cost of service was also prohibitive for many users, despite the continuous worldwide coverage of the Iridium service. In addition, the bulkiness and expense of the handheld devices when compared to terrestrial cellular mobile phones discouraged adoption among potential users.


  10. bs

    Iridum. Nice clue.


  11. FDOB

    Iridium


  12. duriel
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    Iridium. (sat phones.)


  13. duriel
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    and the title says Dysprosium cause they got only 66 satellites, not 77 as originally planned (iridium).


  14. piezocake

    Iridium.


  15. Shreyas

    Iridium Satellite phones


  16. sidsen
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    iridium


  17. Iridium


  18. Tathagata Chatterjee
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    Iridium satellite phone.
    First customer was Al Gore ( visual).

    Regards,
    Tathagata Chatterjee


  19. Keerthi Kiran M

    Iridium Satellite phones


  20. yaksha
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    The Iridium satellite constellation is a system of 66 active communication satellites with spares in orbit and on the ground. It allows worldwide voice and data communications using handheld satellite phones. The Iridium network is unique in that it covers the whole earth, including poles, oceans and airways.


  21. nishas thambi

    iridium- satellite phones


  22. jayanth
    3

    iridium


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