4 Must-Know Satellite Phone Tips

For those who spend a lot of time in remote areas without cell service, a satellite phone is a great safety device to carry with you. Whether you enjoy backpacking, bikepacking, traveling, hunting, or another activity that commonly takes you outside of cell phone service range, it’s essential that you have a way to communicate in case of emergency, as well as for regular check-ins so your friends and family know that you’re safe.  

However, if you haven’t used a satellite phone before, there are a few simple tips that you should know. Read on to learn more, and if you’re interested in renting or buying a satellite phone, shop the selection at Outfitter Satellite.

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You Can Rent Or Buy a Satellite Phone

One of the first things that you should know about satellite phones is that you don’t necessarily have to purchase one. For those who only need a satellite phone once or twice a year, or have never used one before and are unsure if they are ready to invest in purchasing one, renting is a great option. Likewise, for those who travel into parts unknown frequently, buying may be the more economical way to go. The point is, you have choices.

Not All Satellite Networks Have the Same Service Area 

It’s essential to understand the different satellite networks and their service areas before you rent or purchase a satellite phone. For instance, Thuraya is perfect if you’re spending time overseas in Europe, Asia, or Africa, but it does not offer coverage in the Americas. If you need a satellite phone that works in the Americas and offers global coverage, you’ll want to choose one that works on the Iridium satellite network. Before you purchase or rent a satellite phone, be sure to check the network’s coverage area map.

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You Must Have a View of the Sky 

Another important point that anyone who is considering a satellite phone should understand is that in order for your phone to have service, you must have an unobstructed view of the sky. So, if your activity of choice is spelunking, you shouldn’t expect to have service while in the cave. Additionally, tall trees and buildings can obstruct the satellite signal as well. It’s essential that before you attempt to make a phone call or send a text that you have a clear view of the sky.

You Should Aim to Keep a Power Supply With You at All Times

Satellite phones work on batteries, and like all batteries, they will eventually run out of power. There are, however, solar satellite phone chargers available that are incredibly convenient and helpful. Car chargers, wall chargers, and carrying an extra backup battery are other ways that you can ensure that your satellite phone will always have power when you need it.

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Rent or Purchase a Satellite Phone at Outfitter Satellite

If you’re interested in bringing a satellite phone with you on your next adventure or are thinking about investing in one with hunting season right around the corner, Outfitter Satellite has what you need. We rent and sell satellite phones and satellite communication devices so that you can always have access to reliable communication. A satellite phone can also make a great Christmas gift for the hunter or adventurer in your family. Shop our selection of satellite phones today.