Features, Plans, and the Top Models of Satellite Phones

An Overview of Satellite Phones: Enabling 24/7 Communication

Today’s satellite phones and the ones we sell here at OSAT bridge the communications gap between remote locations and key contacts at home or elsewhere when you are stationed remotely. Whether you’re trekking the frozen Arctic landscapes or have taken to the water far off from the mainland, a satellite phone is your means of reliable, clear voice communication or data connection such as SMS or email message. Some satellite phones offer purely global communication, meaning you can make contact from any region on earth providing you have a clear line of sight to the sky. Other devices run off network whose coverage is not quite as far reaching, but still deliver reliable results and often come with less expensive airtime.

Finding the Best Satellite Phones Plans for Consistent Connectivity with Satellite Phones

As you would expect when purchasing a new smartphone, it will only let you make and take calls, SMS, and email messages once it is loaded up with appropriate airtime. Our satellite phone plans vary depending on the network. For example, you can buy different contracts or airtime bundles (minutes + data) on the Iridium network to those on Thuraya or Inmarsat. A lot will depend on where in the world you plan on being when the satellite phone is in use. Put simply: an Iridium satellite phone will work anywhere in the world due to Iridium’s global coverage; an Inmarsat satellite phone will work nearly anywhere (every country except polar regions); and, because the Thuraya network only covers EMEA & APAC regions, we advise against using a Thuraya satellite phone in either of the Americas or Africa.

Features and Plans for Reliable Communication with a Thuraya Satellite Phone

When choosing a Thuraya satellite phone, you are limited to three stylish, rugged model options: the Thuraya X5 Touch, Thuraya XT LITE, and Thuraya XT PRO SATELLITE. Each one comes with its own unique features such as the X5’s touchscreen display which makes it the world’s first smart satellite phone, or the XT LITE’s dual GSM & satellite voice calling functionality, or the XT PRO where, for the first time in a satellite phone, you can select your preferred navigation system and choose between GPS, BeiDou and Glonass for highest accuracy and added security in every region. Thuraya satellite phones typically come with the least expensive airtime due to the fact that Thuraya’s coverage is not as extensive as Iridium’s or Inmarsat’s, however, it means you can only use a Thuraya phone in Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Europe, including 140 countries in these areas.

Cheap Options for Reliable Connections with the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 Satellite Phone

By offering near-global coverage, an Inmarsat satellite phone can be used almost anywhere in the world. The only places that coverage does not extend to are polar regions (north and south), so, you will not be as restricted in terms of where you can use an Inmarsat device, such as the Inmarsat ISatPhone 2 satellite phone. This particular device is extremely reliable, offering availability, longevity and coverage with high voice quality and the lowest call drop rates. The phone itself is very robust; even the high contrast transflective ‘Gorilla Glass' display was specially engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness, and damage resistance to make sure the screen is sunlight readable and scratch-resilient. If that wasn’t enough, the phone comes with an SOS button, has tracking abilities, and has Lithium-ion batteries that offer an exceptional battery life of up to 160 hours standby time.

Iridium Satellite Phone Offers Cutting-Edge Communication Options with Global Reach

Anything running off the Iridium satellite network means it has global coverage, and that includes the two Iridium satellite phone options we have available at OSAT. The ever-popular Iridium Extreme® and the Iridium 9555 are rugged, compact, and deliver clear, mobile phone-like conversations even from the middle of the ocean, desert, or remotest of outposts. The only difference between the two devices is the Extreme model offers SOS and tracking, whereas the 9555 only offers standard messaging and voice communication. However, both are very popular with customers because of their unwavering reliability and high performance levels from anywhere in the world.

Military Satellite Phones: Tactical Communications with Specialised Equipment

Specialized military satellite phones provide reliable and secure voice and data communication in remote or hostile environments where traditional means of communication may not be available or compromised. These phones utilize satellite networks to establish connections, ensuring global coverage and connectivity. Tactical satellite phones are equipped with specialized features and technologies to meet the unique needs of military operations. Here are some key aspects of these devices:

  • Robust Construction: Military satellite phones are built to withstand harsh conditions encountered in combat zones. They are designed to be rugged, durable, and resistant to water, dust, extreme temperatures, and physical impact. This ensures their reliability in challenging environments.
  • Encryption and Security: Security is of paramount importance in military communications. Tactical satellite phones employ encryption algorithms and secure protocols to protect voice calls, text messages, and data transmissions from interception and unauthorized access. This ensures the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information.
  • GPS Capabilities: Many military satellite phones are equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) functionality. This enables accurate positioning and navigation, facilitating mission planning, coordination, and situational awareness.
  • Antenna Systems: Tactical satellite phones have integrated or detachable antennas designed for efficient communication with satellites. These antennas can be omnidirectional or directional, depending on the specific requirements of the device and the desired satellite network.
  • Enhanced Battery Life: Given the remote and extended nature of military operations, satellite phones have long-lasting battery life to ensure reliable communication without frequent recharging. Some models also support interchangeable or extended batteries for extended usage.

Durability and Performance for Extreme Environments: Iridium Extreme Satellite Phone

The Iridium Extreme satellite phone is specifically designed to withstand and operate in extreme environments, making it a durable choice for challenging conditions. Its rugged construction together with its IP65 rating for dust and water resistance make it able to handle most hazardous scenarios, while its extended temperature range from -10°C to +55°C (14°F to 131°F) allows it to function effectively in both extremely cold and hot environments, such as polar regions or deserts.

As always, our team of experts at OSAT is here to help. So, if you need any advice about our satellite phones, contact us via:

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