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    Hi all! Heading into hurricane areas, again, don't want to get caught without phone service, again.

    Anyone have any experience with satellite phones? I know nothing, except that they exist.

    Thanks!

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    There 3 dollars a minute.
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      Iridium was the only satellite phone provider I had heard about it. But, I think they went out of business a few years ago. Also, you need a line of sight (as with any device picking up satlellite signals) with a sky while you are on the phone.

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      • #4
        i remember hearing the same thing about iridium, but it looks like they're still around and doing well..
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        • #5
          Originally posted by none1
          Hi all! Heading into hurricane areas, again, don't want to get caught without phone service, again.

          Anyone have any experience with satellite phones? I know nothing, except that they exist.

          Thanks!
          I have little experience with them, just have used one. But I know they are expensive. Very. I think a basic model runs around $750. I wonder if the sat phone companies give promotions with contracts or whatever? Your'e gonna have to look into it, but don't be too suprised at the rates.
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          • #6
            Iridium has managed to stay in business by providing service to the military, after reorganizing in bankruptcy.

            I've had some experience with a briefcase sized one 6-7 years ago. The antenna was built into the briefcase and required you to align the azimuth and elevation to hit the satellite. There was a delay as the service was to a geostationary satellite 22,500 miles up and then back.

            It worked quite well once it was set up. Cost was $3000 and a couple bucks a minute.

            I'm certain they have smaller and easier devices now.
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            • #7
              i used an iridium overseas. there are other satellite providers also, not just iridium. it should be about $1/minute with certain plans. works fairly well but there's a slight delay. never got a chance to use the data service though (not very fast obviously).

              http://www.outfittersatellite.com/iridium.htm

              might want to look at GlobalStar: http://www.outfittersatellite.com/globalstar.htm
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