What Replacement Product Should You Choose for Your Legacy Inmarsat Equipment?

If you are replacing a legacy Inmarsat terminal, the choice usually comes down to:

  • Is the application maritime or land based?
  • Does the application require high speed internet or data capability?

Inmarsat Maritime M, Maritime Mini-M, and Maritime B terminals can be replaced by the new Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminals which offer multiple voice lines, texting, and broadband internet access.

Inmarsat Land M and Land Mini-M can be replaced by the new Inmarsat GSPS phones and terminals, including the handheld IsatPhone 2 which offers voice, text, and 2400 bps data. The IsatPhone 2 is a good replacement for the Nera WorldPhone or Nera Provident Inmarsat Mini-M terminals. Inmarsat GSPS satellite phones are popular with hunters, hikers and recreational marine users. Unlike Iridium satellite phones, GSPS handheld satellite phones can make long duration calls. A U.S. phone number option is available. The IsatPhone 2 can be docked in an IsatDock connected to an external mast antenna or car antenna.

The IsatDock series docks by BEAM provide various options depending on the model you choose, including an RJ-11 phone port, a privacy handset, and Bluetooth connectivity. The IsatDock Marine version of the dock (shown here) provides a splash resistant cover and optional GPS tracking services.

Inmarsat Land B or Land GAN terminal can be replaced by Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) terminals. Both portable and vehicular BGAN systems are available. The Hughes HNS-9202 or Cobham Explorer 510 a good replacement for a Nera World Communicator or Thrane & Thrane Capsat Messenger terminal. The HNS-9202 is a Class II BGAN that offers internet access speeds up to 464 kbps. It has WiFi connectivity and can support multiple simultaneous users. Don't be afraid to take it outdoors. It has an impressive IP55 ingress protection rating against water and dust intrusion. Full ISDN functionality and G3 fax support make it backwards compatible with Inmarsat M4. Outfitter Satellite recommends DigiGone Video-Conference Software which helps reduce bandwidth usage to as low as 100 kbps while providing good video quality. It is AES secure so export restrictions apply.



* All prices listed in this article were current as of May 15, 2013 when this article was written. All prices are subject to change and are based on current inventory. Additional USF Fees and other fees and taxes apply to prices quoted for service plans. Legacy land portable Inmarsat equipment scheduled to be replaced includes Nera WorldPhone Mini-M, Nera WorldPhone Provident Large Antenna Mini-M, Thrane and Thrane Capsat Mini-M, Nera World Communicator GAN, Capsat Messenger M4, and EMS Storm M4 terminals.

7 Comments

Natraj Sowmitri

Date 12/20/2013

I am looking for mini - m, right now my current mini M data services not working. Tried for repair but no use. Please get me rate card..

outfittertech

Date 12/20/2013

Inmarsat Mini-M land portables are scheduled for retirement in September 2014 so we do not recommend acquiring or repairing Mini-M equipment. The lowest cost solution is the Inmarsat GSPS (Global Satellite Phone Service) which has voice and 2400 bps data just like the Mini-M. There are several GSPS products to choose from including the IsatPhone PRO handheld phone and products like the BEAM Oceana 800 for marine applications. Take a look at http://shop.outfittersatellite.com/isatphonepro.html for more information.

Girish

Date 2/2/2014

My Nera World Mini-M not functioning as Provident antenna deactivated by BSNL. There is any centre who provide portable antenna to make it functional till arrival of new I-sat phone.

outfittertech

Date 2/7/2014

Replacement Inmarsat products such as the IsatPhone PRO (handheld: http://outfittersatellite.com/hurricanekit.html) and Terra400 (desktop phone: http://outfittersatellite.com/terra400.html) are both available now, so why reactivate the Mini-M? Not many companies want to activate Inmarsat Mini-M terminals these days since it is end of life.

Bill Lentz

Date 7/5/2014

So I am to assume the KVH Tracphone 252 will no longer be operational? How long will the Skipper 150 on Fleet Broadband be able to be used? Are there any pre=paid service plans for the Skipper 150? Both these units were used in boats.

outfittertech

Date 7/8/2014

I don't believe that Inmarsat has published an end-of-life for the FleetBroadband service that would apply to terminals like the Cobham Skipper 150. Yes we do offer prepaid plans for the FleetBroadband. We don't have it available from the online store yet but you can get purchase it by calling in to our sales department at 615-889-8833. Here are the rules for FBB Prepaid (as of July 8, 2014): 1) The validity is 60 days from activation. Additional reloads extend the validity of unused unexpired prepaid usage by an additional 60 days from the date of the last reload. 2) The vessel must be less than 300GWT, because FBB Prepaid is intended for small vessels, recreational vessels, etc. 3) There is a 14-unit per week charge to the customer's prepaid account. This roughly equals the monthly fee on the standard plan. 4) We have various size reload vouchers from 60-units for $59.70 up to 1000-units for $895. Standard IP data is 10 units per MB. Voice-to-fixed calls are 0.76 per minute. Other types of calls are possible. Taxes, USF fees, and other fees apply in addition to the voucher costs shown.

Nekich

Date 7/16/2014

I have Mini-M inside the building and its antenna mounted on the roof. I am going to order TERRA 800 ISATPHONE PRO FIXED KIT to replace it. Do I need to order antenna and cable kit too, or can I use the Mini-M parts?

outfittertech

Date 7/16/2014

In some cases the fixed-passive antenna is included with the Terra 800 but you must purchase the antenna cable. The passive antenna cables for the dock are specialized and use of the wrong cable can damage the terminal and invalidate the warranty. Our experience is that the fixed-passive antenna is less effective than the active mast antenna which also will work with the Terra 800. If you get the better active mast antenna, then be sure to buy the correct antenna cable since the active antennas require different cables than the passive antenna. Outfitter sells active antenna cables up to 50 meters long which can be useful for in-building applications. You also may want to consider buying the IsatPhone PRO and its BEAM IsatDock MARINE -- instead of the Terra 800/passive antenna. This combination gives you the same capabilities as the Terra 800 including the privacy handset but it also gives you the flexibility to remove the docked IsatPhone PRO handset and carry it out of the facility. In a disaster, that extra bit of flexibility could be very beneficial over having a fixed site phone that was not portable. Outfitter Satellite currently has a special promotion that includes the IsatPhone PRO handset, the IsatDock Marine, an 18.5 meter antenna (other lengths are available), and the ACTIVE mast antenna. See http://outfittersatellite.com/isatphone-marine-isatdock-antenna-combo.html for more information on that.

RAVI BHUSHAN

Date 7/25/2015

I am in need of 1.Antenna cable for Nera Mini-M- 01 Length. 2 . Power Adapter for Nera Mini-M-01 Set. kindly give best rates with availability preferably from Delhi/ Pune/ MUMBAI- Indian Stockists.Also pls give Banker's details for transfers if competitive prices are given.

outfittertech

Date 7/29/2015

We can probably get the cables for a Nera WorldPhone but the cost would exceed the cost of buying a current model Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 -- which would also do voice and 2400 bps data. Here is a link to a list of current model Inmarsat satellite phones and terminals. Also, Inmarsat will shortly permanently end service to ALL Inmarsat Mini-M terminals. It is time to move on to current model equipment.

RAVI BHUSHAN

Date 8/7/2015

Pls forward reply with availability details of flg:- 1.Antenna Cable1Length 10mtrs for Nera Mini M Set. 2.Power Adaptor for Nera Mini M set-01 No. Plsv give best rates for above two items at an earliest. RAVI BHUSHAN +91 9839578716

outfittertech

Date 8/7/2015

Hi Ravi, The Inmarsat Mini-M service is end of life, and the Nera Mini-M has been replaced by new Inmarsat equipment, click here. With Regards, Jim

Val Vashon

Date 10/13/2016

Guess I'm late to the party, but I am searching for info on the KVH TracPhone 252- I noticed that Bill Lentz in a comment above asked if the 252 will no longer be operational- what's the answer? Is the 252 just electronic waste now? Ours was removed from a retired satellite truck a couple of years ago and I am wondering if I should bother to install it on our new one or if I need to look for other options. Thanks.

Doris Orman

Date 10/13/2016

Val, The KVH Tracphone 252 was compatible on the Mini-M, which is end of life. If you are looking for alternates, you can check out the available options here, http://www.outfittersatellite.com/inmarsathandhelds.html as well as http://www.outfittersatellite.com/bgan-menu.html Thank you! Doris

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