Satellite Phones

Satellite Phones enables you to reliably make voice calls and send SMS messages from the remotest places on earth. A Quick Satellite Phone Comparison follows.

Inmarsat iSatPhone 2
The iSatPhone 2 has superseded the iSatPhone Pro. The biggest difference between the iSatPhone Pro and the iSatPhone 2 is in their signal performance: the iSatPhone 2 gets much better signal, registers on the network way faster, and also offers improved call quality.

Other improvements made in the iSatPhone 2 is: you get 160 hours of standby time, an assistance button, automated GPS tracking features, a high visibility display, IP65 ruggedness (can withstand water jets), and the ability to receive calls with its antenna stowed away. iSatPhone 2 also comes with a pouch/holster in the box which is an optional accessory with the Pro.

We provide our customers access to a facility (a web app) whereby their friends and colleagues can send free text messages to their iSatPhone. This is (not only free but) also a very practical solution to communicate with you, since the majority of satellite phone users will not keep their satellite phone witched on all day long.

Data capability on handheld satellite phones however leave much to be desired, and we do not recommend them for data applications at all.

Iridium 9575 Extreme
The Iridium 9575 Extreme is at the top end of the spectrum of available choices in terms of a handheld satellite phone. Most notably the Iridium network offers truly global coverage, making it a very safe bet for people needing a phone that they can be sure will work no matter where they may travel in future.

The Iridium Extreme is very tough and almost completely waterproof – it will quite happily survive a dunk in the ocean. Iridium Extreme’s programmable SOS button was a first in the industry, albeit quickly imitated in some or other ways by its rivals, with the majority of satellite phones on the market now offering SOS features of some sort.

Just like the Inmarsat iSatPhone 2, the Iridium Extreme contains free basic tracking features which are very handy for letting others follow your travels.

Note that If you rent a satellite phone from us it will be dispatched from Midrand, but if you buy we’ll have it sent to you directly from our suppliers in Europe.