Satellite Phone Solutions has been participating in the Beta Tests of the New Globalstar SatFi-2 and based on our evaluation of the unit, we are giving two thumbs up. Voice quality is excellent, and two-way texting is fast and easy. There was a little trick to set up our GMAIL account within the SatFi-2 App, but once this was completed, we were able to send and receive E-Mail (even send an attached picture) with no difficulty. The SatFi-2 provides 72 KBPS data service, for web access, weather reports, and more. The unit has built in GPS capability and can be registered for SOS service. We believe the SatFi-2 is an excellent value and believe you will agree with our review.
Globalstar has the lowest price at $399 and the best voice quality. Its primary coverage area is limited to North America, The Caribbean, Europe and The Mediterranean. The IsatPhone 2 is a good value as a global (except the artic areas) phone at $735 with 100 units (78 minutes) of airtime for $100. The Iridium 9555 ($1095) and Iridium 9575 Extreme ($1375) are the top choices for global coverage and reliability, but also have the most expensive airtime, such as $140 for 75 minutes valid for one month, with a price increase coming this Spring. If you are thinking about buying or renting a satellite phone, give us a call at 561-245-5203 and we'll review your trip plans and your communications needs and try to help you select the best phone for your needs.
Some of us are looking at a lot of rain for at least part of this weekend, but others of you are looking at a great weekend for getting out and enjoying the beauty that nature gives us for free. If you have a satellite phone or Spot, it is a good idea to bring one along just in case. If you are heading somewhere that does not have cellular service at all, it is smart to plan ahead and arrange to rent a satellite phone or Spot messenger. It could save your life.
Starting to get calls from our Winter cruisers who are getting their plans together for two or three months of enjoying the best the Caribbean has to offer. Not too much has changed regarding available services this Winter, but give us a call and we'll be glad to review your set-up and options. SPS