Climbing Mount Everest? Bring your Satellite Phone

Climbing Mount Everest? Bring your Satellite Phone

Climbing Mount Everest? Bring your Satellite Phone

 

Since it was first officially summited in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Mount Everest has captured the imagination of adventurers across the world as the ultimate destination to challenge the bravest among us. Today, hundreds of people visit Mount Everest every open climbing season to make their own attempt to climb to the top. Some reach the peak, but many are forced to turn back due to the mountain's many life-threatening hazards. And, unfortunately, some never make it home.  They encounter an obstacle they can't overcome, and are claimed by the mountain.   A lightweight Thuraya satellite phone can help improve the odds.

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End of Life Announced for Inmarsat Fleet 33, 55, 77

End of Life for Inmarsat Fleet 33, 55, and 77

The End of Life for Inmarsat Fleet 33, Fleet 55, Fleet 77, and MPDS have been announced.   These are legacy services that currently operate over the Inmarsat-3 (I-3) satellites.   Inmarsat C service will continue and will be migrated to the newer Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellites.

  • MPDS: 12/31/2017
  • Fleet 33: 12/31/2018 (subject to further validation, may be scheduled earlier in 2018)
  • Fleet 55: 12/31/2018  (subject to further validation, may be scheduled earlier in 2018)
  • Fleet 77: 12/1/2020

Replacement for Inmarsat Fleet Services

Inmarsat has promotional programs to help former Fleet 33, 55, and 77 customers transition to current service offerings which include:

  • Fleet One
  • FleetBroadband

Fleet One is an entry level service ideal for non-commercial users.  It offers up to 100 kbps of Standard IP data, voice, SMS messaging, and 505 safety service.   FleetBroadband offers multiple voice lines, fax support, standard IP data speeds up to 432 kbps (FleetBroadband 500), SMS messaging, and 505 safety service.

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5 Common Myths about Satellite Phones

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.

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Important Firmware Upgrades for Iridium and IsatPhone Handsets

**IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR IRIDIUM DEVICES- April 25, 2019 - There is now updated firmware beyond what is posted below for the Iridium 955, 9575, and 9575 Push-to-Talk.  See the new article for those devices here - https://www.outfittersatellite.com/iridium-firmware-04-2019.htm

Keeping up-to-date firmware on electronic devices is crucial for functionality and ease of use.  Recently, both Iridium and Inmarsat have released firmware upgrades for many of their handset models.  While some of these upgrades are optional, we recommend moving to the latest firmware to ensure your device functions as the manufacturer intends.  See below for your model of phone and exactly what you need to do to keep up-to-date.

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