02 Jun Which Satellite Phone Would You Choose?
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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.
2018 Update – Iridium continues to launch their second generation satellites, and their service remains very reliable. Feedback from our Walleye fishermen in Canada is that the Globalstar 1700 has been working very well this season. The arrival of the Globalstar Sat-Fi2 ($499 with monthly service as low as $40) which now allows personal e-mail and lite web browsing, and the Spot X ($249 with Unlimited texting for $299 a year) with all the features of the Spot GPS plus two-way texting capability, adds two interesting options to the mobile satellite mix for 2018 and beyond.