Article Comment: Handheld Satellite Phone Solutions for Travellers

G'day Michelle,
I discovered some time back that I don't need to be on a plan or connected to any particular system to make an emergency call as that's all I carry my Iridium 9505A for.
It only needs a sim card even a disconnected one to close the circuit and calls to RFD can be made.
If you know anything contrary to that, then let me know.
Cheers
Colin &
Have a great "Aussee" day.
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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 at 19:51

Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 at 19:51
You wont be able to call the Flying doctor in that case. You will only be able to call 000 or 112.
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Follow Up By: Harry - Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 at 21:57

Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 at 21:57
Your right, but then help wont be far away in that case, thanks
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Follow Up By: Harry - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:38

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:38
And you don't think they would contact the relevant emergency service, think about.
No more to be said.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:53

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:53
No Harry I expect them to say "look after yourself."

They are an emergency service who of course contact whoever needs to be sent to help The original answer was because you said without a Sim you could ring the RFD
Think about what you wrote
YOU CANT, END OF STORY

You have put up several insulting posts to different posters who have put correct and helpful information
Perhaps you should think before you tripe or just not bother.
Enuf said
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Reply By: LandCoaster - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 21:45

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 21:45
Is who one calls going to make a big difference?...
Yes, in some circumstances...
Im not sure how 000 would recover someone injured from a remote area outside of fairweather terrain and conditions...
Perhaps it may more expedient to make it too an airstrip...

thank-you for the tip tho'...
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 22:37

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 22:37
The point I was making was in answer to the OP's remark that even without a working Sim he would be able to call the RFD from his satfone.
Without a working Sim the ONLY thing you can connect to is 000 or in some cases 112.
So what is your point.
They would be able to contact the necessary emergency response to help you.
What else would you do if your vehicle is upside down with your leg stuck.
Hop to an airstrip perhaps after cutting the stuck leg off.
Unbelievable
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Reply By: LandCoaster - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 00:45

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 00:45
calm down Tom, i was not refuting anything...
The point I was trying to make was perhaps with top medical insurance, a broken bone threatening to go gangrenous, not good weather/range for a chopper/road causing a long delay and a working sim, it would be better to call RFD...geesh!
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 12:03

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 12:03
Disagree. If you were in that state call 000 and let them arrange whatever.

Even the top private cover I have wont pay for a medical evacuation from the middle of the Simpson or somewhere similar.

The whole thread is about the OP saying he has "Found out' he is able to call RFD without any credit on/or having a working sim.

HE CANT so only option is 000.

Would be far better for that having a PLB which would give his location

If you are taking a satfone have some credit on it so you can use it to talk on Thats what its for
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 07:49

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 07:49
If anyone is concerned enough that you may need to call the RFDS or 000, than consider adding a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to your communication kit - an activated PLB will bring about a definite response, at least in the first instance.

A Satphone will enable a follow up call, in need.

All food for thought...

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: Harry - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:36

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:36
G'day Baz, Already have that covered, thanks for your imput.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 08:01

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 08:01
Hi Colin

That may be fine for medical or life and death emergencies but what if all you need is a few litres of water/oil, another spare tyre or even a fan belt.

You do need more than just access to "000".

Phil
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Follow Up By: Harry - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:34

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 09:34
Phil, your not obviously very well prepared, learn how to repair a tyre and you need to be carrying water and spare oil and especially a fan belt to cover those contingencies.
No more said
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:56

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:56
I think if you follow the forum you will find Phil is probably more experienced and much more prepared than you will ever be. At least he knows what he can and cant do with his satfone.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 12:07

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 12:07
"No ,more said" you say. You can't expect anyone to accept an insult like that and then go away and forget it. That was a badly chosen comment.

Are you really telling me that you personally and everyone else on this planet should be 100% self sufficient and cover 100% of everything that could possible go wrong. I think not.

How can you say that we are not fully properly prepared by my selection of a few minor of minor things that someone, obviously not you, could have run out of.

Amazing - simply amazing!

Phil

PS Sorry mods but this was taken as an insult by my wife and I, who spend ages getting the car ready for each and every one of our solo trips, especially to the deserts.

Edit: Fixed spelling and grammar - I was a little upset. Thanks Tom
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 13:24

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 13:24
Geeeez, you're a bit rude Harry!

You make a comment about a penny pinching scheme to make EMERGENCY CALLS on your satphone, then go ahead and ridicule Phil that he's not well prepared. Mate, you know nothing!!!

Bob

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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 21:57

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 21:57
Hi Phil, don't let the likes of Harry get to you. He is getting his jollies by trying to bait people. Don't feed his ego, replies to his posts are not worth the effort. All the regulars here know that your posts are from a very experienced traveller who is only trying to pass on his experience as it may be of help to others. Keep up the good work Phil, and Sue too of course.
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