Satelite Phone Costs

Submitted: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 21:30
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Currently have a Sat Phone that was linked to Immarsat (account ran out)
Do these get locked to providers or are they generally open phones and the next question is if open what would be the best provider cost wise, I hardly used the phone last time but it was there for insurance
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Reply By: Sat Phone Sales - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 06:40

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 06:40
Not sure where you sourced your phone from but it should not be locked to any 'provider". It's all Inmarsat, everyone else is just a reseller.

There are numerous post paid and pre-paid deals available, but be sure - if purchasing from overseas, that you will have access to locally routed 000 / 112 emergency calls.

We expect to be able to supply airtime for Inmarsat, both pre-paid and post paid within the next week. So if you'd like pricing feel free to give us a call. It'll be a week or so before we have it on the website.

Kevin
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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:26

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:26
Hi Kevin

You said "It's all Inmarsat, everyone else is just a reseller".

Does that mean that if we have an Isatphone with Inmarsat we can change to Iridium etc?
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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:27

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:27
Sorry Kevin. I just found the other post about the Isatphone
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 12:56

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 12:56
You should be able to buy more airtime from whoever provided the last batch or you can look for a better deal from another reseller. That may require another SIM and number. Google is your friend; there's quite a variation in offers.
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Reply By: Bruce M - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 14:45

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 14:45
Sash
Your Inmarsat phone will not work with Globalstar or Iridium. It is designed to work with a GEO system, and they are LEO systems (see article on "Handheld Satellite Phone Solutions" on this site). The only other GEO system providing coverage over Australia is Thuraya, which has its own handsets. You could ask a Thuraya reseller (Optus, AST or Pivotel) your question, but I expect the answer will be negative.
If you do ask the question, please post the response on the Forum for wider information.
Bruce M
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Follow Up By: Sat Phone Sales - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 16:35

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 16:35
Bruce you are quite correct. No Satellite phone will work on multiple networks (Other than the XT-Dual which will work on Thuraya and GSM).

If you have an Iridium phone it will work only on the Iridium network, Globalstar on Globalstar etc.

There are only 4 useable networks in Australia and they all rely on very different technologies. So once you've chosen your handset you have to stick with that network.

You, are however, not stuck with the reseller of the network. That's where you can shop around for the best deal, the best price and the best service.

Kevin
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Reply By: Member - Teago - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 16:13

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 16:13
I have A SAT phone IMMARSAT Phone should not be locked go to Campersat at Asquith ph 02 9482 3100 or buy from their web site
25 units $44
50 units $83
100units $143
Rgds Teago
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 08:12

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 08:12
Also have the Inmarsat phone which initially came with a 2yr. expiry on the prepaid units, then became 180 day expiry, now 30 day (min. recharge)
I think that prepaid vouchers can be purchased also, but what commenced as a top value for money lifesaver device is now no more than a typical US rip off.
mike
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:01

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:01
I have been down the same path as you Mike
I just recharge before each trip and let it expire, is there a better option available?
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Follow Up By: Member - Teago - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:43

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 09:43
Hi Alby ,
If you renew with talk time still available before the date has expired the unused talk time will be added to the new credit. In my case I have $82 left and expire Sept 15 so if I add say another 50 units I will have approx $165 for six months and so on Teago
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 08:09

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 08:09
Hi Teago.
I had 159 units expiring 15th of this month (now gone).
I spoke to my provider (Marlec) who advised that if I topped up with 25 units the expiry of 184 units would extend to 17th. Sept. and so on in 30 day increments.
This is the same as having to pay a monthly access, the only benefit being an ever increasing credit for calls (which can be all lost by not topping up before the 30 day expiry).
Anyone contemplating making a landline call to an Inmarsat phone beware. The call cost as published is around $20/min.
Alby.
I will do similar to you unless someone (provider) comes up with a better solution.
We do spend a lot of time in remote locations where a satphone is pretty much an essential. Our previous one was a vehicle installed Westinghouse unit using the Optus geostat system but now off air.
mike
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Follow Up By: blackmg - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 08:37

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 08:37
We have an Isat-Pro which we purchased for emergencies, initially we kept it topped up to allow us to make calls of urgent matters, which wasn't much.
Since the new upgrades that allow 000 calls, you can carry your phone for emergencies and make 000 calls even if you don't have any call time.
So the phone is kept charged and ready in our vehicle all the time!

Cheers Gary
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Follow Up By: Member - Teago - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 09:24

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 09:24
Alby just to qualify once again
25 units are valid for 30days cost equals $1.46 per day
50units are valid for 90 days cost equals $0.92 per day
100 units are valid 180 days cost equals $0.79 per day
Cheers Teago
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 19:03

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 19:03
There are two aspects to costing air time for the casual user: unit costs & prepaid units expiry time.
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Follow Up By: Sash - Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 19:08

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 19:08
My main requirement is the ability of others being able to reach me, with a small amount of talk time available if required
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 14:20

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 14:20
we have an iridium and after using it once in 3 yrs decided to cancel the $37/mth contract after discovering that by having my telstra mobile with global roaming switched on I could use the mobile sim card in the sat phone and it works - expensive for calls but OK for emergencies without the extra $37 monthly cost.
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Follow Up By: Sash - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 14:24

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 14:24
That sounds like a plan, when you say expensive is that for incoming and out going calls and was there an additional charge to be able to use it in the sat phone?
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Follow Up By: Villatranquilla - Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 15:54

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 15:54
have only sent a couple of texts and haven't got the bill yet but the plan we were initially on it cost us about $12 for a 5 minute call. Believe the smaller sim cards from the iphone won't fit though.
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