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What to Look for when Choosing a Satellite Phone

What to Look for when Choosing a Satellite Phone

In the past, we've discussed some of the places where you need to have a satellite phone with you to help ensure your own safety, and we've dispelled some common myths about satellite phones which frequently steer people away from this lifesaving technology. We've also made it easy to rent or buy a satellite phone so you can have one with you when you need it. But which satellite phone should you get?

Here are some things to consider when choosing a satellite phone, to ensure you have the right one for the occasion. The four brands we are comparing are Inmarsat, Iridium, Thuraya, and Globalstar.

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Introducing Iridium NEXT

Introducing Iridium NEXT

As part of its commitment to its reliable, fully-global satellite network, Iridium is launching its next generation of satellites comprising 66 active satellites as well as 9 orbital and 6 ground spares. Iridium has been launching these new satellites with SpaceX throughout 2017 and will continue in 2018 with launches of 10 satellites about every two months.

In addition to providing enhanced low earth orbit communications for Iridium satellite phones, some Iridium NEXT satellites include additional capabilities for air traffic control, airlines, and marine AIS (Aeronautical Information Service) ship tracking receivers.

Outfitter Satellite, as a premier supplier of satellite phones, accessories, and rentals, is keeping a close eye on the progress.

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