Sat phone

Submitted: Monday, May 06, 2013 at 10:44
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Hi we are looking at purchasing a sat phone with subsidy and have been told by one dealer that we have to go on a plan with purchase. going by other forum chats on this subject not sure if this is correct asking for advise from the wise.
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Reply By: jo b1 - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 10:54

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 10:54
Several years ago you didn't have to and I doubt much would have changed.
Call the subsidy hotline, they are very helpful.
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Reply By: Tim - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 11:06

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 11:06
I got a prepaid through clientsat only a few months ago. I think it was $200 for 100 minutes talk time valid for 2 years.
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Follow Up By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 19:21

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 19:21
I second clientsat - bought a prepaid with rebate based on the amount of time I spend out bush.

Also bought a pelican case to put it in and all posted to my house quick and easy.

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Reply By: Member - moparcm - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 12:47

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 12:47
we have just got a sat phone to and the only way we could get it was to go on a plan.
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 13:11

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 13:11
if you go with an Inmarsat provider you can have a plan or prepaid. rgds
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 14:14

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 14:14
Then steer clear of that dealer.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, May 06, 2013 at 14:29

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 14:29
Hi Peter

Last year I applied for and received a 50% Government subsidy and the phone was on a Pre Paid basis through InmarSat.

No monthly fees, very small and simple to use.

There are a number if per paid options to suit what ever best suits me.


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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 08:58

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 08:58
I think under the grant you have to go on a plan as it is stated in the application ...... the pre paid I think is getting approved due to a loophole in the act.

Like most things not everything is water tight, this may be one reason why the subsidy is getting pulled shortly.... there will be a new subsidy that follows but more watertight.

Look at the other subsidies the government has been involved with over the years where the original concept was full of holes and allowed exploitation by consumers and retailers...... home insulation and solar to name two.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 09:03

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 09:03
Here is a bit of info

"The subsidy is only available for satellite mobile phones that are connected to a service provider under either a prepaid or monthly access plan"

Have a look....

http://www.dbcde.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/112024/Satellite_phone_dealer_guidelines_2009-13_File_format_PDF,_File_size_78Kb.pdf
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