Ten months after its direct-to-device agreement with Iridium, Qualcomm says its customers’ reaction is: Meh

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Qualcomm Technologies Inc. is terminating its agreement with mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications to embed Iridium connectivity into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile platform, saying smartphone manufacturers have not adopted the technology.

The announcement, made by Iridium on Nov. 9, comes at a time when the satellite industry is deeply conflicted about whether so-called direct-to-device (D2D) or direct-to-cell connectivity is going to be a hit with smartphone owners.

It comes just a few days after Qualcomm’s former chief executive and chairman, Dr. Paul E. Jacobs . . .

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