We can deliver a satellite phone to you as fast as the next day if major shipping companies offer that service to your area. In critical and emergency situations we can often deliver the device to you the same day via courier. Before you browse our inventory of satellite phones, it’s important to know if it’s for emergency back-up, a camping trip, in what region of the world it will be used, etc. Terrestrial cell antennas and networks can be damaged by natural disasters. Satellite telephony can avoid this problem and be useful during natural disasters.
The inmarsat isatphone 2 integrates a full range of services (sms, email, call forwarding, call waiting, help button, etc.) and the sound quality is excellent. Iridium 9575 extreme is a compact and very robust satellite phone, it can be used anywhere in the world, even at the poles. If you are likely to need a satellite phone for more than six weeks a year, then purchasing a phone is likely your best option. Worlds First Android Satellite phone If you spend less than one month a year in regions lacking reliable landline or cellular coverage, we suggest a daily or monthly satellite phone rental for the times you need it. For true internet access with web browsing, a portable bgan or isathub terminal are the mobile satellite internet solutions we recommend.
Our powerful, rugged and dependable handheld satellite phone offers a critical communications link when out of reach of terrestrial networks, no matter how remote or harsh the environment. The inmarsat satellite network offers worldwide voice and data coverage . Isatphone 2 requires a clear line of sight to the inmarsat geostationary equatorial satellites. This means that the antenna needs an open view of the sky along the equator. At about the same time, globalstar launched a similar network, but with entirely different architecture, called bent-pipe. This system relied upon 48 satellites that were placed in orbit about 900 miles above the earth. Globalstarprovided cellular-equivalent audio quality, unlike iridium which has an extremely narrow bandwidth.
Sat phones are rarely affected by violent storms and, depending upon their system architecture, work virtually anywhere in the world. The devices weigh a few ounces and may be about the same size as your cell phone. Several satellite phones are capable of withstanding water, shock and dust, including inmarsat phones isatphone 2 and the iridium 9575 extreme . They are perfectly resistant to dust, rain and water jets and in the most extreme conditions.
This means that audio intelligibility on iridium is a bit more difficult to understand. In about 1997 the first low earth orbit satellite network was launched by motorola to provide handheld service anywhere in the world. The system was called iridiumand consisted of 66 satellites that crisscrossed the globe on a continual basis. The constellation of satellites communicated directly with each other in space, and then to ground stations in thirteen different locations around the world. Handsets could communicate with any phone, anywhere through this infrastructure. Ultimately, iridium went bankrupt due to inept marketing and unrealistic expectations of user demand, but the network survived and is now thriving. Sat phones rely on a network of satellites that are either fixed above the equator , or in low earth orbit anywhere from 500 to 1,000 miles above the earth.
Satellite phone service costs start at around $40 per month to keep the device active with 10 minutes of talk time included. The user is allowed to go over the 10 minutes and will be billed additionally at the end of the month. Yes, both inmarsat and iridium satellite phones offer excellent coverage in the ocean. Yes, satellite phones work great with sms services and you are able to send and receive text messages. Additionally satellite phone providers have dedicated pages where anyone can use their service to send free sms to your satellite phone.
Portable bgan and isathub terminals like the wideye isavi utilize a passive antennae that must be stationary to receive a signal and transmit data. Even on a slow moving cruise ship you may have trouble maintaining a signal. Whereas satellite phones from iridium and globalstar can maintain a signal even while traveling in a car, train or plane. The lowest priced satellite phone we provide is the inmarsat isatphone 2 on sale for $599. We offer discounted device price with select monthly plans on a 12-month contract.