Globalstar sat phone sms

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 16:25
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Hi all
I've just ordered a new Satellite Phone R290 through e-bay as the wife and I are off on an extended trip around Oz in about 6 weeks.The minister for finance totally disagreed with my impending purchase as she thinks I have too many gissmo's and stuff that she knows absolutely nothing about . Its quite surprising how you spend 12 months planning a big trip, getting everything that you think you need for an enjoyable, hopefully safe trip and she says how am I going to use my hair dryer away from civilisation. ( I"d like to see how she would fix a second flat when you only have one spare. ) I finally decided to go ahead and buy it for piece of mind.There is also the case of it being able to help out some other poor unfortunate if the case arises. My question is does the R290 send and recieve sms text on the GSM mode only or does it also work on the satellite system.

Thanks in advance

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Reply By: davidta - Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 18:42

Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 18:42

SMS can be sent & received in satellite & GSM modes.
I used to own an R290 & it worked for me...

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Reply By: Member - peecee (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 19:03

Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 19:03
Hi Smod

My r290 will send sms in digital and sat mode. I did find that they can be tricky to program numbers into the contact list,so I put the sim card into an old nokia digital, they are alot easier to program. I hope your purchase dosn't cause a double disillusion LOL.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew R (VIC) - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 07:48

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 07:48

just interested in how much it is going to cost to connect etc. I was looking at a sat phone for a 12 week trip but got scared away by the cost over that time.
Perhaps you are going for longer.


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Follow Up By: smod - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:18

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 17:18

My understanding is a $200 connection fee and $33 per month.
As I'm going away for a minimum 12 months I think it is worth it for peace of mind. Calls are extra of course but mine will spend most of the time turned off and in the glove box just in case of an emergency. has all costing info.


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Reply By: Niko - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:34

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:34
Don't forget to consider the EPIRB
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Follow Up By: smod - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:12

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:12
Your right on there Nicko , Its the first piece of insurance I bought, the sat phone and all the other gismos I've got are mere cosmetic

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