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Bob the Builder
03-26-2009, 07:31 PM
Anyone have first hand experience with Satellite Phones? Who has the most reliable? Any links you can provide would be appreciated.

Bgraf
03-27-2009, 08:33 PM
I take one for piece of mind, so far no need for emergency but nothing like calling home from 10k +. They don't work inside and I've had issues with weather. Pretty cheap to rent just search and check pricing, Globalstar's go for $6 to 15 per day. Good luck

TREEKNOCKER
03-28-2009, 02:17 PM
Have had Globalstar for 8 years now,fanatastic to have along,used when riverboating,quadding,esp sleddings.Great to let folks at home know your ok or let them know what else you need for camp.Sometimes hit and miss to reach a satelite,but globalstar will give you a schedule when its best to use,usally on 1/2 hour intervels.

Rprecision
03-29-2009, 05:49 PM
Anyone have first hand experience with Satellite Phones? Who has the most reliable? Any links you can provide would be appreciated.

get a hold of mtn doo I know he was talking about buying one. Plus he kknows his chit about electronics !

T-REX
04-01-2009, 03:11 PM
If you are going to buy one check out the Iridium phone. They are a little more $ but are well worth it. I have both and the Globalstar stays at home because it is really hit and miss for service.

mOdD
04-01-2009, 08:02 PM
the iridium is about 1700 here in canada and the globalstar that rarely works is cheap and only 20 a month unlimited use. does anyone here ever get through on global?

joeoim
04-01-2009, 09:58 PM
I've had a globalstar. Worked ok, then about 2 years ago even if I could get enough signal to make a call, rarely could I finish even a short message.

They have gave me an Iridium. I can't recall exact price, but it was Pricy. Then I think it is $1.48 a minute. It works very well though.

Joe

Fordman
04-01-2009, 11:45 PM
This might sound nasty but just deal with it....

Iridium is the only Sat phone company to use....

If you truely are looking to buy one for safety and you have a Globalstar then you are either A. and idiot or B. not informed.... C. or both. Don't be fooled with Globalstars pricing... it's a scam. Their service doesn't work.

Iridium works everywhere on the planet....everywhere! My service is 30 bucks a month US and then 1.50 a minute if I use it....

If your life depends on a call and you have Globalstar then consider yourself dead.... Sorry but that's just the way it is.

Type into google "Globalstar problems" and see for yourself.

I've used both so I know first hand......


Now if I can get Iridium to pay me for this type of testimonial......

Fordman
04-01-2009, 11:47 PM
Have had Globalstar for 8 years now,fanatastic to have along,used when riverboating,quadding,esp sleddings.Great to let folks at home know your ok or let them know what else you need for camp.Sometimes hit and miss to reach a satelite,but globalstar will give you a schedule when its best to use,usally on 1/2 hour intervels.


Give me a break!!! I always schedule my emergencies.... What a joke.

grandpaj
04-02-2009, 01:40 PM
I have been a dealer for some time on the Globalstar, and have 2 that I rent out. I won't sell one to anyone and I won't rent one out unless they flat out insist on it. Then I always check to see if they were even able to use it, before I will let them pay me anything.
The service is bad and only works a small portion of the time and you better hope its when you really need it. They keep saying that they are going to lauch more Sats but I see nothing changing, if you can get the Iridium go for it because it works.

Grizzly Adams
04-02-2009, 02:43 PM
Globalstar is not reliable at all! I heard of Msat is that iridium or another company? Would like to get another sat ph but got a piece o crap G-star and I'll give her the old flusherooo!

MtnDoo
04-02-2009, 04:24 PM
GlobalStar satellites are dying a slow (but increasingly fast) death.
The Milpitas, CA based company had planned to re-launch replacements in 2007, but a lack of funding stopped progress.

Ironically, they did receive recognition in 2009 for their consumer "SPOT" transceiver product that everyone raves about.
But Data transmission is very different from voice transmission as it is not time-sensitive (as in milliseconds).
It can re-transmit data frames if an acknowledgment is not received and nobody knows or complains.

Globalstar just recieved $574m from France's Export Credit Agency to acquire satellites from a French-led venture Thales Alenia Space a few days ago - so hopefully that will help them over time.

For now, thought you're better off going with Iridium even at the higher cost.
An inexpensive alternate solution is HAM radios (Yaesu, Kenwood, etc) if you have HAM repeaters in your area.

Best of luck!

MtnDoo

Bob the Builder
04-02-2009, 06:19 PM
Thanks for all of the input...
My research showed Iridium to be the best choice also and your input has firmed up my decision; understanding that their is not always a guarantee for a connection.
A recent event that occurred to me has prompted my desire for a Sat Phone...35 miles in, no cell service, broken leg, fortunately during our snowmobile club ride and there were people at a nearby cabin, managed to get out on an old analog phone to 911, that's when the communications issues started believe it or not. Essentially the old phone could not maintain a connection long enough to get to the right 911 dispatch/Sheriff and Search and Rescue for our vicinity. I learned that communication is key in a situation such as this so the appropriate parties can respond in a timely manner. My situation was resolved fairly quickly, I survived, leg in tact, helicopter evac. pretty good story to tel the grand kids some day. My thanks go out to some pretty good people that were there to help with my situation. :)

Fordman
04-02-2009, 09:45 PM
Here is my phone.....

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm285/Fordman360/0926081921a.jpg

Bob the Builder
04-03-2009, 12:23 PM
Is that the 9500 or 9555 phone?
Does it store phone numbers? Not clear on their website.....

Fordman
04-03-2009, 10:45 PM
9505A The new one came out in October and it's smaller... Yes it stores numbers.

Bob the Builder
04-04-2009, 12:45 PM
Thanks fordman....appreciate the input

snofoshow
04-05-2009, 06:45 AM
GlobalStar satellites are dying a slow (but increasingly fast) death.
The Milpitas, CA based company had planned to re-launch replacements in 2007, but a lack of funding stopped progress.

Ironically, they did receive recognition in 2009 for their consumer "SPOT" transceiver product that everyone raves about.
But Data transmission is very different from voice transmission as it is not time-sensitive (as in milliseconds).
It can re-transmit data frames if an acknowledgment is not received and nobody knows or complains.

Globalstar just recieved $574m from France's Export Credit Agency to acquire satellites from a French-led venture Thales Alenia Space a few days ago - so hopefully that will help them over time.

For now, thought you're better off going with Iridium even at the higher cost.
An inexpensive alternate solution is HAM radios (Yaesu, Kenwood, etc) if you have HAM repeaters in your area.

Best of luck!

MtnDoo


I have been wondering about getting a SPOT. The reviews on it (from what I read) were not too good. would be nice to have if ever needed though.

Bridar1
04-05-2009, 12:43 PM
I used to have a Globalstar but since their satellite constellation started going to hell, they've been unreliable. You typically have to wait 20 min to get service. When you do get service you only have about 2 min of airtime.
I now have an Iridiumn and it's great. I've always had service.

Bob the Builder
04-05-2009, 05:52 PM
IMO, the SPOT is a fabulous way of getting a distress call out, fairly inexpensive and will provide your location, send a message, etc. However depending on a lot of conditions you may never know if your signal was received...you hope that it does but what if it does not, how long can you wait to find out, my first hand experience with a rescue situation was that if Search and Rescue is involved they are dispatched by the Sheriff having jurisdiction of the area you are in...if they do not know the circumstances of your emergency it could be hours before they arrive and can determine how an evac or resucue will take place. Having a method of communicating with the Jurisdiction is essential in a life threatening situation, the cost is substantially more for a Sat phone but it would provide peace of mind knowing that you have communication with the rescue operation and can describe the situation. I came across a person recently that has a SPOT, Sat phone, Garmin 530 HCX, BCA Tracker, about $2,500 all in, may sound paranoid but I guess he feels safe.....I probably would also.

EricW
04-06-2009, 09:33 PM
X2 on Fordmans statements. I've got the Iridium for 2 years now and been very happy. Had to use it twice and worth the entire cost each time. Each time I ride a new area I enter the local emergency numbers in it and carry a GPS. Ironically both times I have used it were for other people who were locals. In some of the riding I do in BC, I even make prior arrangements with the local Heli companies to come get me if needed(I'm a bleeder). Good luck. EW

Nubulin
08-27-2009, 10:33 PM
My iridium 9505A worked well in a snow storm last year for my unplanned camping trip at 10K. Was nice to talk to our buddies and give them the exact location and situation so no one did anything stupid to come "rescue" us before morning. A LOT better than a "come help me" e-mail/text message that the SPOT sends.

m_beeson
10-02-2009, 12:44 PM
SPOT LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT) today announced that its SPOTadventures.com, a new social website dedicated to the growing SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger user community, is gaining momentum. Launched in April, www.SPOTadventures.com offers outdoor enthusiasts and trip-goers a free, interactive way to enhance their adventures online while sharing their experiences with others.

Providing users of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger a fun and simple way to upload, display and manage their location-based data, SPOTadventures.com has grown rapidly and now hosts thousands of posted adventures from around the world including hiking trips, motorcycle rides, kayak and canoe outings, mountain biking, sailing expeditions and family vacations.

Easy-to-use site features provide a variety of ways to enhance one's vacation, trip or outing. Each user has a custom profile which contains a live-feed on Google Maps for displaying route waypoints. Users can turn their waypoints into "Adventures" by uploading geo-tagged pictures and writing a trip blog or allow friends to comment on recent trips. Each SPOT adventure can be saved and archived for later reference as one's own personal online adventure diary. Integration of the latest social network tools, allows users to instantly exchange information with other sites including Facebook, Twitter, Digg and Flickr.

"Today's society is embracing new geo-location applications and people are enjoying innovative ways to connect with each other while pursuing their passions," said Darren Bassel, Director of Global Marketing, SPOT LLC. "The SPOT Messenger is the ideal device for sending location-based information live as it happens from around town or the remote backcountry without the limitations of cellular. The SPOT Adventures community provides our active users a place to tell their stories in colorful and interesting ways and share their experiences with people who enjoy common interests and activities."

Visitors to SPOTadventures.com can search by most popular adventures such as a recent 4,938 mile motorcycle ride "North to Alaska and Back in 7 days" or survival expert Les Stroud's recent on-location episode in Australia.

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is a portable, hand-held device that allows people to send location-based messages using satellite communications The SPOT Messenger has been embraced by outdoor enthusiasts around the world including hikers, boaters, pilots, skiers, world travelers, families on the road and remote workers.

About SPOT LLC

The SPOT Satellite Messenger, the world's first satellite messenger, uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer's location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service call center. SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT), provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how SPOT LLC is helping users live to tell about it(SM) - from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes - visit www.findmespot.com.

The SPOT Adventures Logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6660

Images of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and SPOT Adventures logo are available upon request.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com