Globalstar has launched a new Wi-Fi hotspot aimed at smart phone users. Globalstar executives expect the new Globalstar Sat-Fi to become the company's leading product. The reason for this is that Globalstar Sat-Fi gives the familiar smartphone access to the Globalstar satellite network when it is beyond the reach of conventional cellular services. Our Globalstar Sat-Fi review discusses some of the unique advantages of the Sat-Fi.  Phone calls and texting, rather than data applications like email, probably will be the primary function of the Sat-Fi. 

The Globalstar Sat-Fi needs external power and an external antenna. This makes it more suitable for fixed-site or maritime applications rather than personal use. By comparison, Iridium GO! is small, compact, and battery powered making it ideal for portable applications.

Sat-Fi has a much smaller coverage area than Iridium GO!. At rollout, Sat-Fi only will cover parts of the continental U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Sat-Fi does not yet offer roaming service. By comparison, Iridium GO! offers global coverage.

This coverage limitation is not necessarily a serious disadvantage for Sat-Fi if you are, for example, a user with a remote lodge in the orange colored (primary coverage) parts of the Sat-Fi coverage map. Users choosing Globalstar Sat-Fi for maritime applications should consider the coverage map limitations carefully.

A Globalstar Sat-Fi review would not be complete without a discussion on available options. Sat-Fi comes standard with an external antenna and a 14-foot antenna cable. The customer can select from one of three antenna configurations: a magnetic patch antenna for vehicles, a marine-mount antenna, and a magnetic-mount helix antenna for building installations. If the customer needs a longer antenna cable, there are 32-foot, 47-foot, and 86-foot antenna cables options. For comparison, Iridium GO! has an optional antenna adapter and mast antenna, but there is additional cost.

Globalstar Sat-Fi Review: Feature Comparison

If the information in this Globalstar Sat-Fi review interests you, please give Outfitter Satellite a call at 615-889-8833 so that we can discuss your application thoroughly. The Sat-Fi can be ordered online for immediate delivery.


*All prices, terms, and conditions mentioned in this article are valid as of the time of the writing of this article but are subject to change without notice. Prices and rates mentioned in this article do not include taxes and other fees for which a customer is liable. See Globalstar service agreement for the definition of Basic Rate calls and other terms and conditions discussed in this Globalstar Sat-Fi review article.

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2 Comments

gsderania

Date 9/24/2014

are feature phones, as well as smart phones, all taking it easy on our data plans by picking up on wi-fi hotspot capability???

gsderania

Date 9/24/2014

Actually you will have to select the lowest cost provider out of the available Wi-Fi sources that are seen by your smart phone or tablet. The Iridium GO! or the Globalstar Sat-Fi Wi-Fi hotspot will provide the connection (over satellite) if you select one of them for your Wi-Fi connection.

Michael OLaughlin

Date 12/23/2014

Is there a current plan to expand coverage to Cuba?

outfittertech

Date 12/30/2014

That is a good question. My understanding is that the Obama Administration decision this month lifted (or soon will lift) the long-standing travel restrictions for Americans going to Cuba. That said, the U.S. Congress still would have to approve lifting of the economic embargo. I will make inquiries to find out whether Globalstar or other satellite services will be available in Cuba any time soon, but my guess is the economic embargo would still prevent it.

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