Satellite phones are necessary gear if you work or play in the world’s remotest places. Not all satellite phones perform well in mountainous terrain or offer global coverage. Some are more economical for users expecting to make large numbers of long duration calls. Others are acceptable for light email use but really not suitable for broadband internet applications such as uploading video. This Buyer’s Guide will help you sort through these issues.
Iridium GO! Hotspot
Iridium Extreme PTT
Thuraya SatSleeve Hotspot
Includes GSM cellular mode:
Thuraya XT-PRO Dual
*USF & other fees are added to airtime prices shown on this page.
Basic Rate Calls:
$1.09 to 1.29/min
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$0.85 to 2.29/min
Band 1 calls: $1.69/min
GmPRS internet access: $3.25 to 3.50/MB
Near global coverage except in polar regions. On land, signal masking by terrain features such as mountains becomes increasingly problematic above 50°N or below 50°S latitude.
Regional coverage in Middle East, Asia, India, Australia & parts of Africa.
Best case data rates are shown here and lower speeds may be observed.
Iridium Openport offers up to 128 kbps data. Starting in 2018, new Iridium NEXT terminals will offer up to 512 kbps.
Inmarsat BGAN terminals offer speeds up to 492 kbps (standard IP) and 750 kbps (streaming).
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15 kbps ↑ /60 kbps ↓
Thuraya IP terminals offer speeds up to 444 kbps (standard IP) and 384 kbps (streaming).
Learn more about Thuraya IP...
for laptops, smartphones
An increasing number of users are choosing to get portable satellite hotspots that they can use with their iOS or Android smartphone or tablet via an app. Professional hunter Spook Spann talks about how he used the Iridium GO! in the video below.