Satellite phone for trip from Margaret River to Melbourne

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Hi all. I'm planning to move from Margaret River to Melbourne.
I'd like to have some suggestions by more experienced travellers than me, how to effort the trip.
In particular, I suppose that during the trip will be no mobile coverage, and I was thinking to buy a satellite phone just in case of emergency to call police, ambulance and road assistance.
Which satellite phone do you suggest me, considering the trip and that I'd like to spend a not very huge amount of money?
Thanks all.

Ando
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Reply By: Norm C (WA) - Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 23:25

Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 23:25
Ando
If your heading across the Eyre Highway
I wouldn't bother with a Sat Phone save your money
and spend it on the night life when you get there.
Plenty of traffic heading both ways all year round
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Follow Up By: Andrea P1 - Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 23:34

Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 23:34
Thanks Norm...however, even if there's a lot of traffic I grasp that there's no mobile coverage.Isn't it? And so how could I effort an emergency?
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 00:38

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 00:38
Hi Andrea,

There are many vehicles traveling the main route everyday. If you have some sort of medical condition that may cause you random times when you may need medical assistance then go for a sat phone, remembering that assistance needs time to get to you.

Otherwise, just hop out of the car and flag the next car that passes you - there will be many, many of them.

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Follow Up By: Steadylenny - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 19:03

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 19:03
I agree with the above comments , Service is available for a good part of the trip , only place you may lose service is between Ceduna & Cockilbiddy, but again heaps of traffic all the time that will render assistance.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 00:07

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 00:07
Hi Ando

If you have a life threatening medical condition that could require emergency assistance, be self sufficient and hire one. If your vehicle is sound and you are in reasonable health, you should have no need for emergency assistance. Do you have a UHF fitted? If not, get a hand held or two so you can communicate with traffic near you and so they can address you. If you have Telstra Next G or 4 G (which diverts to the other Telstra services) mobile telephone you will get patchy reception across the Eyre Highway and through most of the areas you will travel. Check the coverage map Telstra mobile phone coverage

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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 05:27

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 05:27
Hi Ando

There is an excellent article on this site that was done recently and is worth a read if you haven’t already and is located at the following link.

Satphone article

We have a Globalstar Satphone which is through Pivotal which has an entry cost of $499 without a government subsidy and a casual plan of $15 per month. Globalstar will give you excellent coverage for the area you are travelling.

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 07:18

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 07:18
As has been said Telstra coverage is available in patches all the way across. It is available the full length of the Trans Australia railway and as soon as you get within anything up to 60k's from it depending on your aerial, phone and altitude you will have coverage.
Plus a few of the roadhouses/towns have local coverage.
Very rare to not have some sort of coverage on most major roads these days through Telstra.
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 07:51

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 07:51
As Peter says, intermittent coverage is available, however travelling back E last winter my wifes Telstra Active Touch zte t28 (blue tick) was able to receive and send texts, plus weather information just about the full distance.
There are several public emergency phones across the route with yagi antenna pointed across towards the rail line.
We have an Inmarsat sat phone for any major emergency, but really not justified across the Nullabor.
Mike
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 07:41

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 07:41
When we last went across to the west we had limited coverage on 3G, but when we came back 3 months latter we had a let better coverage. Most times standing on the roof rack, on one leg but we got coverage. That was 3 years ago.

I believe its getting better. We also use an external antenna now which helps a lot.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 09:50

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 09:50
I agree..having driven the Eyre Hwy a few times...1st coomunications option is a UHF..then a Telstra service smart mobile phone.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 11:09

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 11:09
Gidday

I have driven across the nullarbor twice, both times in the days before mobile and sat phones had been invented. Thousands have done the same. These days I reckon a couple of days away from the phone and the temptation of the internet is a bonus!
If you can, take a bit of time and enjoy the journey.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 13:53

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 at 13:53
Spot on Rocco
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