Satellite phones enables you to reliably make voice calls and send SMS messages from the remotest places on earth. A short contrast between the two most popular satellite phones follow.
Inmarsat iSatPhone 2 Satellite Phone The Inmarsat iSatPhone 2 comes at quite an attractive price point and works anywhere in the world except the polar regions. It has smaller cost-effective airtime vouchers that are ideal for those who only want to load a bit of airtime to their satellite phone every now and then.
iSatPhone 2 offers the longest talk time of any satellite phone being 160 hours of standby time and 8 hours of talk time, has automated GPS position reporting features, an SOS ‘assistance’ button, a high visibility display, and IP65 ruggedness (can withstand water jets).
Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone The Iridium Extreme with its truly global coverage is our flagship satellite phones and, for use in Africa, also offers the cheapest airtime voucher for keeping a phone active all year round, being the Iridium 300 minute African voucher which is valid for one year. So you pay a premium for the Iridium Extreme hardware, but you get a cheaper operating cost.
The Iridium phones have omni-directional antennas meaning there is no need to ‘point and aim’ them at anything when trying to make calls, meaning they’re very easy to use indeed – especially for use at sea. The Iridium Extreme is very tough and almost completely waterproof – it will quite happily survive a dunk in the ocean.
Just like the Inmarsat iSatPhone 2, the Iridium Extreme comes with a GPS, SOS, and position reporting features which are very handy for letting others follow your travels. The Inmarsat iSatPhone 2 hardware is a lot cheaper though, and, once you know how to use them, they work almost just as well as the Iridium phones.
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