Satellite Phones

Hi all,

Yes I know this subject has been done to death over the last couple of years, but my question is solely to do with the reliability of either Inmarsat or Thuraya network.

I have researched the handsets that they offer, and I am fairly happy with the plans they offer, it is just question of network reliability, is there a noteable difference between the two.


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Barry H
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Reply By: Jackolux - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 20:22

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 20:22
I'm with Inmarsat , l have been able to get service everywhere I have tried , Cape York , Kimberley ,
I have even been surprised when camping in a gully in the Vic Highcountry , I thought several times no way I would get service , always have been able to contact the free test message .
I still have a couple of the 2/20 year vouchers , they were a great deal .

The Thuraya network may be just as good ,
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:10

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:10
Thanks Jackolux,

I was a bit worried about FNQ and the Kimberley, so good info, thanks.


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Barry H
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 20:43

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 20:43
Hi Barry

I am also with the pre paid Inmarsat and have never had any issues with making calls throught out our desert regions in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. I can not give you feedback on the Thuraya network, I hopefully there may be an answer for you from someone that is using it.



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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:11

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:11
Hi Stephen L,

South Australian desert areas are on the bucket list, so thanks for the heads up.


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Barry H
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 20:50

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 20:50
Also with Inmarsat prepaid.

Travelled 8 months around Australia with no issues making a connection.

We also have an aftermarket in car kit so always charged and connected to the satellites (90% of the time). If it dropped out and needed to make a call, just turn the car to face north or pull it out of the cradle and connect outside the car.

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Follow Up By: fronky - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 08:57

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 08:57
Can you tell me a bit more about the aftermarket car kit you got where did you get ,brand name and rough price we live in nsw I'd be interested in getting one .many thanks.Carole
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 12:44

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 12:44
Hi Carole,

I have an in car kit from Inmarsat can get the from any dealer..... Look up Inmarsat and find a dealer....That way people can ring you any time....Aerial has a magnet base and will stick to any metal part.... . Mine was through http://www.tc.com.au/
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 23:03

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 23:03
Hi Carole

This is a link to the model that I have. I don't use a suction cup on the window, I have a metal mount made that sits on the transfer hump - out of the way.

It uses the blue tooth through to the stereo/Garmin Nui or similar for sound. In my case, I connect to my mobile in car kit through blue tooth. That way it answers exactly like a normal mobile phone call.
Cost is around the $430. to $500 mark.

Inmarsat Handsfree Kit.

There are some others, but a lot more expensive. This one is nice and simple.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:55

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:55
Also with Inmarsat - never a problem - used it everyewhere except WA and Tassie. Used it twice now for emergencies and it even worked at the entrance of a gorge in the Flinders.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 07:10

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 07:10
I'm another happy Inmarsat owner. The satellite is high over New Guinea in geo sync orbit I believe. I've heard that the Thuraya satellite is over towards Malaysia so reception is much better in the northwest than it is down in the southeast, but I have no first hand experience.
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Reply By: BARRY H10 - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 07:16

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 07:16
Used my Thuraya phone on the Overland track in Tasi. Just needed to be clear of trees.
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 13:38

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 13:38
Another totally satisfied Inmarsat user.
The geostationary sat. has to be an advantage, we have never had a dropout at any latitude in the country.
Not sure whether the Thuraya is a low orbit sat. connection, but the early Iridium phones suffered when a gap in the orbits occurred.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 16:20

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 16:20
Here's a rough guide to Inmarsat's satphone satellite showing angle of elevation in various parts of Australia. (I've used mine in the Sth Island of NZ - no problem where the sky was fairly open).

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 16:33

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 16:33
Here's a quick run-down of the pros and cons of the four satphone networks: click me

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Reply By: Member - TonyV - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 at 11:08

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 at 11:08
I have been using the Thuraya network for 2 years based mainly on Cape York, Fraser and the Simpson. I cannot comment on Tassie (done elsewhere in this thread) or the extremes of the southern states. I would agree with the "Which Satellites" comments (click here)

I have the Thuraya XT handset (click here) which although not the top of the range, it works as a telephone with voice and SMS. It works as well as a work mates Iridium phone on the Iridium network when used in parallel.

I am on the Pivotel $15 plan (click here), which provides a mobile number, (SMS and voicemail with 5 meg of data), that gives caller the normal mobile to mobile cost, calls out is 99c per minute and SMS 50c. I tend to text the boss (wife) who calls me on her mobile which has unlimited calls) or when working, she calls me at a set time.

Note if there is a telephone tower with in range, calls go via that network.

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