Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tags:   Satellite Phone Rental

Globalstar has made available a limited number of Refurbished Globalstar 1700's complete with an AC and DC charger in a handy nylon case.  While a lot of our customers rent a satellite phone for their annual trips to remote locations, many consider buying a phone, so they always have one available in case of the unexpected.  This is a good opportunity to get a phone, complete with the accessories you need.  With Globalstar's Galaxy 1200 plan at $780 per year, users have access to 1200 minutes of airtime to use at any time during the coming year.  Give us a call at 561-245-5203 for more information.


Friday, May 26, 2017
Tags:   Satellite Phone Rental

Hurricane Season starts next Thursday.  While we usually don’t see a lot of activity until August, we have already had our first named storm of the season last month, and the various hurricane centers and forecasters are predicting a higher than average season.  The official reports calls for 11 to 17 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 major hurricanes.  What this all means is that anyone living in the Gulf, Florida or Southeast Coast needs to start keeping an ear to the weather reports, and making sure your emergency kit is stocked and ready. If you are thinking about adding a satellite phone or GPS tracker to your kit, give us a call at 561-245-5203 and we’ll walk you through your options.


Friday, May 19, 2017
Tags:   Satellite Phone Rental

We have a lot of customers who don’t want to stay “in touch” while they are away for a week of camping, fishing, climbing or hiking.  But they also have family at home who want to know that they are safe.  Their Option ….. Rent a Globalstar Spot GPS Tracker for $34 a week including full service.  That means they can program their Spot Service in advance to send Check-In Messages, or two other custom messages to up to ten e-mail or cellular addresses.  Then with one push of a button on the Spot twice a day, the recipients get an “Just Checking In – Everything is OK” message and a link to see your current location on a graphic map display. 

Also included in the service, is GPS tracking, which places a “breadcrumb” on a shared personal web site, that friends and family can visit to see your current position and how far you have traveled.  And just in case you have an emergency, one push of the red SOS button alerts the folks at GOES down in Texas, and within minutes they will contact the authorities in your area and have help on the way. 

Of course, if you are running a business and have to take part in daily phone calls, you will want to rent a satellite phone, but, if you just need to let them know you are OK, give some thought to renting a Globalstar Spot GPS. Give us a call at 561-245-5203 to learn more about Spot and get your reservation in place.


Monday, May 15, 2017
Tags:   Satellite Phone Rental

“My family and I are heading to the Grand Canyon and surrounding area for two weeks. I have heard that there is very little cellular coverage. What are my options ?

Either a Globalstar or Iridium Satellite Phone will work well.  The Globalstar rents for $35 a week with airtime at $1.00 a minute, or if you need to be in touch with the office or home often, you can rent a Globalstar with unlimited airtime for $75 a week.  The Iridium 9555 is just a little more reliable and can send outgoing texts (while the Globalstar can only receive text messages).  The Iridium rents for $99 a week including thirty minutes of airtime.  All rentals include an AC and a DC charger, and extra battery and a sturdy Pelican case.  Satellite phones need to have a clear view of the sky to make a call, and might suffer a little in steep canyons, but, in general, our customers have good experiences with both the Globalstar and Iridium handsets from the Canyon and Four Corners area. Give us a call at 561-245-5203 to discuss your options.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Tags:   Satellite Phone Rental

Rentals from Satellite Phone Solutions are shipped so they arrive one or two days before your departure. Your rental starts on your departure date. We get it there early, so you have one less thing to worry about. Give us a call and let us match you with the best rental for your next adventure.


Friday, May 05, 2017
Tags:   Satellite Phone Rental

This time of year, we work with a lot of marine dealers as customers get their boats in the water and get ready for racing season.  Whether it is Newport to Bermuda, or just local weekend racing, we get a lot of questions about which service is best, and what about data connectivity?   The main thing to remember is that none of the handheld and portable products are going to support web browsing.  With compression and acceleration software, Iridium, Inmarsat IsatPhone and Globalstar are all going to be capable of about 100 KBPS.  In perspective, the old AOL dial-up connection was 64 KBPS.

That being said, an effective rate of 100 KBPS is enough to download GRIB weather files available from several sources.  A very popular weather service called Predict Wind has even integrated drivers for the Iridium GO into their software.  Another accessory called The Optimizer ($150) provides a dedicated data connection and reports good results accessing weather files and low graphic versions of web sites.

While all three services work fairly well, Iridium gets higher reviews than Globalstar, primarily due to a network of nearly 80 satellites, compared to 25 for Globalstar.  Inmarsat operates through a very large geostationary satellite 23,000 miles over the equator.  Because this satellite is not moving, once connected, it is easy to stay connected, but it can take 1-2 minutes to get a GPS fix (required) and get logged on to the satellite.

The Globalstar 1700 is the least expensive satellite phone ($500 range – with a free phone available through an airtime plan commitment).  Iridium Offers two phones and the Iridium GO hot spot, ranging from $800 to $1400, with the IsatPhone 2 slightly less in the $750 range.  External antennas and docking stations are available for all three products and run from $300 to about $1200.  If you would like to learn more about any of these systems, contact your local marine dealer, or give us a call at 561-245-5203.


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