Always On Call

Motorola hopes to connect the globe with cellular phones

First came cordless phones, which made it possible to take all those irritating calls while mowing the lawn or relaxing in the hammock. Before long, cellular phones eliminated the commuter's peace and quiet on the highway. Now, if Motorola has its way, being unreachable is going to be downright impossible.

The suburban Chicago electronics giant (1989 sales: $9.6 billion) hopes to put in place by 1996 a network of 77 satellites that can relay phone calls to any spot on the planet. That means when the boss has a question, no Himalayan mountaintop or African jungle encampment will be beyond the...

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