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In general terms data over mobile satellite is broken into High Speed Data (64 KBPS on up to nearly 500 KBPS over BGAN, ISAT Hub, and VSAT Terminals) and Basic (Low Speed) data in the 2.4 KBPS to 9.6 KBPS range which is typical for most handheld satellite phones. To give a little perspective, back when we used to use dial-up connections and listen to the hissing tones as the modems made their connection, we were using speeds in the 64 KBPS range ….. significantly faster than data over a handheld terminal.

For this reason, if you have data needs that exceed e-mail and short messages, you may want to consider a BGAN or i-Savi terminal for land applications and a FBB (Fleet Broadband) or Fleet One terminal instead of a handheld satellite phone.

There are three new additions to the product offerings this year. Globalstar has introduced the Globalstar Sat-Fi for fixed, vehicular and marine, and the G-9600 for the GSP 1700 and GSP 1600 handsets. While they are limited to primarily e-mail and some texting, these products serve as a Wi-Fi hub allowing you to connect through the satellite using your smartphone.Iridium has also joined the Hot Spot frenzy with their Iridium GO. The GO is basically an Iridium terminal that serves as a hub to multiple smartphones via Wi-Fi. It does a good job of handling voice calls, text, tracking and e-mail.

Since a majority of travelers use handheld satellite terminals, there is a second factor to consider when planning for your data communications set-up ….. data compression and acceleration. Most of the mobile satellite service providers offer some form of enhanced e-mail which is usually based on a data compression platform.

One thing to keep in mind about any data transmissions over mobile satellite ….. it is not as simple as your iPhone or Droid. Take time to read and follow the instructions and set-up guide, and practice setting-up and using the system at home before leaving on your trip. Make sure you use the programs and the terminal that you plan to use on your trip so you don't get caught in the middle of nowhere trying to work through a set-up program. Once you have done it once or twice, most programs are easy to use.

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