As a city dweller, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as attempting to make a call, send a text message, or browse the internet, only to find that there’s no service available. Society’s progressive reliance on technology — namely, a wi-fi connection — will only continue to grow over the next few years. With this in mind, it’s more important than ever to stay connected in today’s world.
Satellite Communication Technology: Keeping You Connected Anytime, Anywhere
Now, it’s reasonable to expect a strong LTE or 4G connection within city limits. But what about on the outskirts of town, or even in some of the most remote places on earth? It’s true that there aren’t many people living or spending time in these places of the world, but there are many different reasons why people like you need to stay connected in these remote areas.
From remote oilfield workers to maritime personnel, professional hunters, disaster response teams, mountaineers, and more, these ambitious individuals need a reliable and unwavering form of communication to connect with the “outside” world. As the world’s foremost satellite phone provider, Outfitter Satellite is proud to enable global communications no matter where you are.
Your Source For Satellite Phone Rentals
While Outfitter Satellite offers plenty of satellite phones and mobile broadband internet solutions for purchase (see our buyer’s guide for reference), we also specialize in selling satellite phone rental plans for those with temporary satellite communication needs. Wondering whether you should purchase a satellite phone or go with a satellite phone rental? We’re here to answer any questions about our products.
Conversely, if you already know what you’re looking for, here are some quick links for our satellite phone rentals:
The above satellite rental product pages are loaded with tons of useful information, so even if you’re not exactly sure what you’re in the market for, don’t hesitate to visit these pages and do a little research. And again, if all of this information is a little overwhelming, our team is more than happy to answer any questions and help you find the right satellite phone rental solutions. Simply reach out to us at any time.
Below, we’ll be covering the value of a satellite phone rental and when it makes more sense to rent as opposed to purchasing. Let’s get started.
Consider This: Where Will I Be Using My Satellite Phone Device?
Though Satellite phones are known for their global coverage — and it’s true that certain satellite phone network providers like Iridium provide total, uncompromised global coverage — other companies offer more regionally restricted service. Inmarsat, another option for satellite phone rentals, does not offer coverage in the polar regions. Inmarsat connectivity is also known to struggle when used in rugged, mountainous areas, and so an Inmarsat rental may not be the best idea for mountaineers.
For the most cost-effective service provider, Thuraya offers relatively inexpensive service, but at the drawback of limited coverage. With Thuraya, the operating costs are lower, but only select regional coverage is offered in regions like Australia, Africa, Asia, India, and the Middle East. It’s also important to note that Thuraya satellite phones are only available for purchase.
For total global coverage, Iridium satellite phone rentals are the best option for you.
Reasons That You Should Rent A Satellite Phone
It’s For A One-Time Use (Or Occasional Use)
In order to really pay off the cost of your satellite phone, assuming that you’re thinking about outright purchasing one, it’s going to take many uses to do so. Despite their global utility, satellite phones aren’t necessarily cheap, and that’s largely because launching and maintaining satellites themselves is also expensive.
Think about it: instead of bouncing your cell phone’s signal to the nearest cell tower (and back to your device), your satellite phone’s signal is traveling all the way to space, and then back down to earth! In this vein, it’s certainly more cost-effective in the short term to rent a satellite phone for occasional or one-time use.
You Have A Planned Expedition On The Horizon
If you’re a mountaineer who’s ambitious enough to tackle an 8,000+ meter peak, then you should know the importance of being prepared. Himalayan expeditions require large amounts of gear, and from a communication safety standpoint, a satellite phone, case, and charger should be on your packing list.
Now, if you work for an expedition company, chances are that you already own your own satellite phone(s) because you’re going to use your device(s) multiple times. But for one-time excursions where you’re required to bring your own satellite phone, renting is, again, the best way to go.
You Need It “Just In Case”
There are plenty of times where people have rented satellite phones and haven’t even made a single call. Why did they bring one with them in the first place? Really, it’s just for a peace of mind. It’s reassuring to know that you have that crucial line of communication when you need it the most, but ideally, you don’t run into any emergency circumstances where remote communication is warranted.
Even remote construction companies, oil companies, and maritime companies will equip their personnel with satellite phones just to have them on-hand. Of course, those are long-term ownership situations, and companies will typically outright purchase these satellite communication devices.
You Only Have A Set Number Of Calls To Make
If you know exactly what you need your satellite phone for and you have a pretty good idea of what your usage will look like, it’s probably a good idea to rent a sat phone and pay for a prepaid plan that aligns with your intended usage.
If you’re not sure how much you’re going to use your phone during a trip, there’s no point in buying a phone and paying way more than you should. And if you’re concerned about not having enough minutes, you can always use your remaining minutes to contact someone with an internet connection and have them load more minutes onto your plan.
Renting A Satellite Phone As A Government Entity Or Organization
Individuals and private companies aren’t the only ones that come to Outfitter Satellite for remote communication solutions. We’re proud to work with a number of government and NGO organizations around the globe, and we’re fortunate to enough Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya, Cobham, Hughes, BEAM, and ASE equipment to these special organizations around our planet.
Though many government bodies and organizations tend to purchase their satellite phones, portable internet hotspots, and other satellite communication equipment with the intention of long-term use, renting is still a viable option in certain cases. If you’re a government buyer or you’re interested in renting a satellite phone on the behalf of a government body or organization, please visit here.
Making Calls...Through The Internet!
With the power of an Inmarsat BGAN, it’s possible. Satellite phones aren’t the only devices that our customers rent from our online satellite phone store; it’s possible (and in many situations, encouraged) to rent a portable internet hotspot. EXPLORER 510 Inmarsat BGAN rental rates start at an extremely affordable $10/day, and as one would expect, this device will provide devices such as iPads, Android tablets, Macbooks, and Windows laptops (as well as smartphones) with wifi connectivity...and the ability to make calls.
Depending on your usage and subsequent needs, renting a mobile hotspot is a great way to both make calls and do work on the internet. Of course, you’ll still need to rely on charging your devices in order to make use of your hotspot, so that’s something worth considering.
When you rent an Inmarsat BGAN through Outfitter Satellite, you’ll also get the following items:
A USB-to-ethernet adapter and ethernet cable
A DC “car” charger
An AC “wall” charger with both Euro and U.S. plugs, accepting between 100-240 VAC (43-63 Hz)
A “getting started” guide
A padded soft case with built-in shoulder strap
Why Rent From Outfitter Satellite?
At Outfitter Satellite, we know that you have different choices in terms of shopping for satellite phones for sale and satellite phone rentals. That’s why we’d like to thank you for being here now and taking the time to research our products for sale or for rent.
As a relatively small, family-owned business operated out of Nashville, Tennessee, we value customer service and satisfaction above all else. Though we’re family-owned, we’ve been in the business since 1995, and we consider ourselves experts in nearly all things satellite phone-related. We only carry the best cutting-edge equipment on our website, and we’re proud of our Authorized Iridium PTT Reseller and Marlink Elite Partner credentials. Fast (and often free) tends to seal the deal with many of our customers.
Given that the nature of our products is often technical, we encourage you to reach out to our 24/7 technical support team if you have any questions.
Get A Satellite Phone Rental From Us Today!
If your needs warrant a satellite phone rental, we’re ready to hook you up. If you’re not sure whether a satellite phone rental is the right option for you, again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team of experts at any time.