A satellite phone or terminal has become necessary gear if you work or play in the world’s remotest places. Some satphones perform well in mountainous terrain. Some are more economical. Some can be used for light email use but web browsing or video. This Buyer’s Guide discusses the considerations that go into choosing the right phone.
Choosing a Satphone
Should I buy or rent the Satphone? If you have a short-term or one-time need for a satellite phone, renting it is usually the more economical choice. We offer satellite phone rentals with FREE 2-day delivery.* Surcharges apply for Overnight or Saturday Delivery or AK & HI addresses. We offer flexible airtime bundles and various rental accessories. Iridium phones can be rented for as little as one week.
Enterprise Communications for Groups of Workers
Iridium Push-to-Talk Communications: Organizations with groups of people working in remote locations have unique communications requirements. Iridium PTT (Push-to-Talk) is affordable for small or large organizations. Workers can communicate instantly with other from their group or the home office -- and do so with enhanced location awareness. Unlike terrestrial-based Land Mobile Radio talk groups, Iridium PTT talk groups cover vast areas. Talk group membership and boundaries can be managed on-the-fly through a secure website. Interoperability with most Land Mobile Radio systems is straightforward with iMatrix. For more information or to arrange a demonstration, click here.
Iridium Location Tracking: Global vehicle tracking of fleets of land vehicles and maritime vessels is increasingly necessary -- and now economical even for small organizations.
Monitoring and Control of Remote Assets: Remote assets such as oil pipelines or fuel tanks located in rural or wilderness areas must be monitored. Sometimes commands need to be sent to the remote asset. Iridium SBD (Short Burst Data) is designed for these applications. Solar powered systems are available where conventional external power is unavailable. We can work with you to develop a custom application with API access to your existing software. A secure web portal can manage the information that is gathered and send commands to the remote asset. Inmarsat BGAN M2M is available for applications requiring faster data transfer. To discuss developing a customized M2M application, please
Satellite Hotspots & BYOD SmartPhones
Small portable satellite hotspots are designed to let you make calls and send texts over satellite right from your iOS or Android smartphone. Limited email access or photo sharing are also possible using special Apps that reside on your smartphone. The
Professional hunter Spook Spann talks about how he uses an Iridium GO! hotspot in the video below.