Do you use a satellite phone?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 14:59
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This week, the ACMA announced new rules that require all satellite phones to have access to Triple Zero emergency call services.

These regulatory changes mean that all handheld satellite phone users will know that, in the event of a life-threatening or time-critical emergency, they can dial Triple Zero.

We know satellite phones have to be relied upon in certain areas of Australia, especially in the Outback. Access to Triple Zero is very important to holiday makers and people looking to travel to more remote areas. You can find out more information at http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/Newsroom/Newsroom/Media-releases/new-rules-to-provide-triple-zero-access-for-satellite-phone-services

Do you use a satellite phone when travelling through remote areas? Had you heard about these new rules to gain Triple Zero access?
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Reply By: allein m - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 15:51

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 15:51
good to know thank you
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Reply By: Helen O1 - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 17:23

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 17:23
Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware of this.
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Reply By: prado 01 - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 17:33

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 17:33
That may explain why isatphone extracted the digit and now have 000/112 access.
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Reply By: Skulldug - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 18:29

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 18:29
Thankyou ACMA. This is very good news. On the few occasions I have had to call '000', there has been a lot to think about and do. It's nice to know that looking for the right phone number is not one of them.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 20:50

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 20:50
Yes, it is good news for those on international networks (eg Inmarsat); the changes commenced 1 July.

We chose a phone on Iridium in 2008 for remote travel security. We never needed 000 services, but did need it to order parts.

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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 13:48

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 13:48
Not only a saltellite phone, but also a insurance. Of course, the most important is your self-survival skill if emergency happens.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 17:40

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 17:40
It's a useful addition to the repertoire.

Outback, I don't have much faith in 000. Carry police, RFDS and the AMSA direct line numbers.

The Isatphone Pro satphone will give you coords if it can connect with the comm sat.

GPS of course will also give you coords.

You track where you've gone on a map so you know the last geo point of significance.
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 17:40

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 17:40
When we were shot at by some rogue hunters in a national park in March, triple 0 worked fine on our Pivotel Globalstar phone. Maybe they were ahead of the game - thankfully.

And amazingly, Globalstar worked. It seems their new satellites are coming on line and the network is at last being restored after 4 years in the wilderness.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 19:28

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 19:28
hi frank p
are you sure they were rogue hunters they may have been cannabis growers protecting their crop in the nat park area ??????
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 20:09

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 20:09
Mazcan,
They were hunters.
They were locals who turned up on a quadbike and started shooting roos near our campsite.
As the roos scattered, some toward us, more shots were fired in our direction.
It was dusk and I don't think they knew we were there. However it is known they were locals who knew where the NP boundary was (ie they knew where they should not have been carrying firearms) and they knew that the campground was there. They made no attempt to check if anyone was present, they just wanted to shoot something that moved so they turned up and did it.
We are very lucky it wasn't us.
Anyway I don't give a f*#% what their motive was, their action was illegal and only luck determined that it was not fatal.
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