Satellite phone subsidy is available

Submitted: Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 14:09
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Did you know that if you satisfy certain conditions you can get the government to pay part of the cost of a sat. phone for you? If you're a city dweller like me forget it but anyone in the bush may have a chance. If you're interested go to www.dcita.gov.au and type "satellite phone" into the search box and you'll be at the right spot.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 14:50

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 14:50
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:11

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:11
It's definitely worth checking to see if you meet the criteria...
Mrs. & I applied a week or so ago.. got a 'phone call from the dept. a couple of days ago to "check some details".. On the basis of info. supplied, they indicated that everything appeared to be in order, and approval would be forthcoming..... (yet to be confirmed)....
On this basis, we will be able to get the Motorola 9505 handset & acc.
(Telstra - Iridium) for $895 instead of the $1995 it would otherwise cost ($1100 subsidy)...... Pretty happy with that....

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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:58

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:58
just remember that you must get the subsidy before you purchase the phone, so if you thik that you are going to be eligible, wait until you get the nod!.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:36

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:36
Yep, been through that (with Ye Olde Telstra Shoppe)...
just waiting for confirmation..
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Reply By: Member - Eskimo - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:23

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:23
i believe any one who also spends a lot of time in the bush (even if he/she is a city dweller) may also qualify ie those who work away say 4 days a week and no access to mobile network
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Reply By: bluehealer - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:57

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:57
re the subsidy got mine about a month back ,live in the yarra valley not quite the city,stated on the paperwork would be travelling on the csr gibb river road etc ,and would need it for any emergences that could arise eg medical accidents etc,even if you live in the city the rebate still applies ,phone cost 895 dollars after rebate which took only a week to get go for it
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Follow Up By: Chris S - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:44

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:44
Bluehealer, was your application for the subsidy based purely on the "temporary" need for a satellite phone when travelling, ie: for occasional personal use and not for business use? If so that is not how I understood the scheme and good news for many of us. Thanks !
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 17:04

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 17:04
Chris S,
Perhaps it depends on how the person processing the application actually interprets the rules, re how "lenient" they are...

My understanding is that the subsidy is available to those who can demonstrate a need for 'phone access **for business/occupational purposes** when away from "normal" GSM/CDMA/landline coverage **for extended periods of time**... (this includes those living in such areas, of course)...
Our application was submitted on this basis, & based on the "grilling" we received over the 'phone a few days ago, the person processing our application seemed pretty keen to ensure that we met the aforementioned criteria... (said it "looks OK")...
Anyway, good luck if you decide to apply...

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Reply By: ianmc - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 14:55

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 14:55
Anyone know the cost of calls by Sat Phone? The subsidy is one thing but arent the ongoing charges hot?
I know its potential for emergency uses!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 16:25

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 16:25
ianmc,
Briefly, This from Telstra brochure....

Monthly access fees.... Casual $28, Active $49.50, Power $88, Group $75

Call charges (respectively, within Oz)... 99c. , 55c. , 43c. , 43c.
per 30secs. or part thereof....

Connection fee (outgoing)... 40c.

Naturally, there will be other fees/charges depending on options chosen...

No doubt other carriers will be somewhat similar....

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Follow Up By: John - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 21:41

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 21:41
Hi ianmc
Ed.C is a bit out of date with those prices.
I just received a update from Telstra, Whilst I don't have it in front of me (It's at my Office) one price change that I do know of is the $28.00 p/month plan is now a $30.00 plan with $10.00 free calls in a month.

Most of the new rates include an amount of free call time now.

I would suggest checking Telstra's web site for an update.

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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 20:02

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 20:02
can anyone tell me if the phones will switch to GSM when within normal range
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 20:59

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 20:59
G'day Coops,
Been plenty of discussion on this topic recently...
Do a search on "satellite phones" in the archives, & all will be revealed (maybe).....
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Reply By: bluehealer - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 15:38

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 15:38
to chris on my application form was for personnal use only, nothing to do with a business as i do not have one,i did make it clear that it was for a safety,emergency backup as i will be travelling in remote outback areas by myself for at least 6 months this year and next year,did not recieve any grilling from government depts ,done my application trough t.r telecom which is part of tech-rentals 12 maroondah hwy ringwood melbourne ph 9871 1200 they keep new phones in stock ,ask for dave gallagher or whoever deals with the sat phones ,best of luck
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