Sat Phone Plans.

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 11:36
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Hi everyone,

I have a Tellit Sat Phone that was under a Globalstar Plan. I'm wishing to enter into a Telstra contract by possible getting one of their sim cards and using my phone. Does anyone know whether that can be done.
The other question I have is what is the most basic plan available. I did here some time ago that you could have one that you nominate what months you have the phone activated for (min 3 months).

Obviously there are many months of the year that you just don't need the phone.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Col.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 12:33

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 12:33
My understanding is that a Telstra SIM goes into a Motorola phone and only connects to the Iridium constellation. Your Tellit is bound to Globalstar.
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Follow Up By: maurice b - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 14:57

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 14:57
The Telit 550 satphone is obsolete and you can no longer get it connected to the Globalstar network in Australia by Pivotel. Your can trade your old Telit in for a refurbished Qualcomm 1600 also called Globalstar GSP 1600. You sign a contract for 6 months at $20/month plus $25 connection fee plus calls and the qualcomm is yours. However no sms facilities on this phone , calls are 99 cent/min ,no incoming call costs and your number is an australian local mobile number meaning is't the cheapest to call. I was connected to GlobalStar from the late 90s to 2011 when i changed to Inmarsats isatphone pro and now only recharged it when i need it as i am able to make phone calls on my HF radio , However you can carry a 12 month expiry recharge voucher or still use the emergency number without credit on the Isatphone.
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Reply By: TomH - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 13:41

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 13:41
As far as I know you can only use a Telstra Cellular sim in an IRIDIUM phone and usually a Motorola 9500 9505, 9595A or 9555. The latter two can send and receive texts.

If you want to go on a Telstra Satellite plan it may be possible Someone here may have tried.

$20 a month is now the cheapest.

Globalstar would need to have improved dramatically before I would risk my life by using it.

A few years ago it was only good on Fridays when they were odd days of the month (If you get what I mean)
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:01

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:01
We use Globalstar and are very pleased with the service. The service is improving with more satellite being put up there. On some occasions we find no signal but a couple of minute wait soon gets a good signal and we have had ours down below Sydney and up north in the kimberley where rumour has it it won't work.

My son informs me the odd lapse of signal is due to the satellite pattern used. It is optimised for the high latitudes in the northern hemisphere (USA / Canada)

But it sure works and works well in Australia even if a little patience is required. When we have used the phone we were impressed by the clarity of the voice calls. There is no delay as the Satellites are quite close to earth.

I also carry a PLB

Alan
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:06

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:06
You can also send and receive texts on the 9505A.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:41

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:41
Dean, I think you'll find Tom's post has 9595A instead of 9505A (a typo).
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:29

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:29
GlobalStar lost a sat or two some years back but they were replaced.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:51

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:51
You are correct Didnt have my reading glasses on. There is no 9595A Sorrrrrry
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Reply By: Member - Sue & Joe L (QLD) - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 14:09

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 14:09
Hi Col agree with what Tom says, we changed from iridium 9500 to a sat sleeve for our iPhone we use Pivotel they are great $15.00 per month casual we used it several times connection straight away. You can disconnect at any time and reconnect when needed you are given a mobile number and costs roughly the same as most mobile phones. (not international ) like most satellite phones. they charge an initial connection fee when you get the sleeve of $25 and you can ring them any time they are based in Southport Queensland.
And best of all simple to use.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:02

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:02
AFAIK as I currently have a Telstra $20 plan, these change on 23?November 2015 to a $35 plan with unlimited calls to all Australian hard line and mobile "normal" numbers. IE excluding calls like voting on Xfactor or whatever.
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Reply By: maurice b - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:13

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 15:13
The Telit 550 satphone is obsolete and you can no longer get it connected to the Globalstar network in Australia by Pivotel. Your can trade your old Telit in for a refurbished Qualcomm 1600 also called Globalstar GSP 1600. You sign a contract for 6 months at $20/month plus $25 connection fee plus calls and the qualcomm is yours. However no sms facilities on this phone , calls are 99 cent/min ,no incoming call costs and your number is an australian local mobile number meaning is't the cheapest to call. I was connected to GlobalStar from the late 90s to 2011 when i changed to Inmarsats isatphone pro and now only recharged it when i need it as i am able to make phone calls on my HF radio , However you can carry a 12 month expiry recharge voucher or still use the emergency number without credit on the Isatphone.
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Reply By: LIFE MEMBER-snailbait - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:09

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:09
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Why preserver with the sat phone when you can have ma HF radio VHS 237 GIVES YOU TELEPHONE contact for the cost of joining the HF RADIO CLUB there is night and morning skeds it has GPS capability to follow you for your family to see where you are through the HF radio you can telephone for free you can have messages left with the sked operator all in the cost of the club fee

look at www.hfradio to see if this suits you
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:58

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 16:58
Probably the cost is the difference $300 for a Satfone and use your cellfone sim and maybe no cost for years.

HF Up to $2500 and annual membership fees etc. Plus having to fit aerial to vehicle etc
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Follow Up By: maurice b - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 17:34

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 17:34
This is my experience ,You cant carry your HF when you do extended hikes to a place a 4x4 cant access , HF not always reliable to communicate ,atmospheric condition have to be right. Am HF Radio club member
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Reply By: colanjen - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 21:13

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 21:13
Thank you everyone who replied and or made comment,

Plenty of good info there and I will certainly look into what has been suggested. I now know why my Sat phone didn't work a few weeks back when I needed it. Good of them to inform me Ha!

Regards from Col.
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Reply By: Sat Phone Sales - Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 17:03

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 17:03
Hi Colanjen, you can indeed upgrade you Tellit basically for free to a GSP1600 (we can arrange that for you if need be). Coverage will be excellent in areas south of about Broome or Townsville. From there going northwards service availability does reduce - think like 80% availability in the far north.

For full coverage Australia wide the Thuraya network has excellent handsets and great casual plans - $15 per month.

I believe the Tellit retirement, and free upgrade, has been quite well announced and customers with existing plans were notified, but if you were "off plan" at the time may not have been informed.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to give us a call. We've done quite a few upgrades in the last months. Not too sure how long the free upgrade will last as there is limited upgrade stock available

Regards,

Kevin
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Follow Up By: colanjen - Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 18:04

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 18:04
Thanks for that Kevin,

I will give you a call.

Colin.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 19:24

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 19:24
Townsville is about 19 degrees south. I had an accident near Bulman NT about 13.7 degrees south this year. Rang on my Globalstar GSP1600 home to Melb, Katherine for tow truck, and Melb for insurance company. The call to the insurance company was over 20 minutes long and it dropped out twice but worked as soon as they rang back. Great service it did what I brought it for - get me out of trouble. Highly recommended.
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Follow Up By: maurice b - Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 20:32

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 20:32
I can confirm that the emergency calling on the Telit is no longer available as it no longer connects to the Globalstar network .I have try with both my telits.It will go as far as pick up the gateway then says invalid service.They must have disconnected this type of phone in the last 3 months as i carried one on my last trip in May and was able to call 112 as long as it had valid or invalid sim in its holder.I see they still sell them in Europe and US
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