5 Common Myths about Satellite Phones


Despite their usefulness, satellite phones have been relatively slow to catch on with the population at large. This is mostly because people don't understand how they work and why they are worth the money. Obviously, no one is going to see a need for a product they don't know about, or worse: have wrong impressions about.

There are a few persistent myths that usually form the backbone of the popular misinformation about satellite phones. These incorrect assumptions are actually dangerous, because they discourage people from using a product that could save their lives one day. This article will attempt to break down 5 of these myths.

1.       Satellite phones are too expensive to be a worthwhile investment

Why it's wrong: First, as with any technology, satellite phones are far more affordable than they used to be. Despite the fact that the price has dropped, it's human nature to remember your first impressions of something instead of absorbing new information, so many people still assume a satellite phones cost over twice as much as they actually do.

Second, it's important to consider the return on investment, for both businesses and individuals. Sure, it can be pricey to set up a satellite phones and data for your company, but a loss of communications can cost a business thousands of dollars per hour, far more than what it would have cost to invest in satellite communications equipment. And for individuals, you need only to ask yourself this question: "how much is it worth to me to be able to get help immediately rather than waiting to be found?" Your return on investment for a satellite phone could be your life. For short-term use, we have them to rent as well as buy.

2.       You can't use satellite phones indoors

Why it's wrong: We've covered this one recently in our blog: you can absolutely use a satellite phone indoors, whether in a building, car, boat, airplane, or any other enclosed space as long as you install an unobstructed antenna on the outside of the vehicle or structure. Outfitter Satellite carries kits for in-building, in-vehicle, in-aircraft, and marine satellite phones. The idea of always needing to step outside or lean dangerously out a car window to use your satellite phone is incorrect.

3.       You can't use a satellite phone during a mass power outage

Why it's wrong: We're not sure how this one got started. Of course you can use a satellite phone when the power is out, even in the case of a catastrophic grid failure. Satellites do not rely on the terrestrial power grid. Of course, you'll need a way to charge your satellite phone, but that can be accomplished during the day with a solar charging system.

4.       You can't use a satellite phone when cell service goes down

Why it's wrong: This myth originates with people who simply don't know the difference between a satellite phone and a cell phone, or what a satellite phone really is. In a way, it's normal to assume no phones means no phones at all, but don't forget that satellite phones are different. The satellites orbiting the Earth are not dependent on cellular service.

5.       Satellite phones don't have texting or data plans

Why it's wrong: Satellite phones are definitely capable of SMS messaging, checking email, and even browsing the internet. Of course, this varies depending on which satellite phone you're using, but the capabilities do exist. You can even set up a WiFi hotspot to connect to the internet over satellite. Connection speed depends on your equipment, but it's possible to achieve broadband speeds with the right system. For more information, visit WiFi Internet over Satellite.

Hopefully now you have laid to rest some possible misconceptions you may have had about satellite phones and can understand why they are vital, lifesaving technology worth looking at. For more information, start with our Satellite Phone Buyer's Guide and contact Outfitter Satellite with additional questions.