Best option either to buy or hire a SAT phone.

Submitted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 13:21
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Trying to find out the best options for either hiring or buying a SAT phone for a trip along the Canning Stock Route in July Aug 2016. Have been advised that the SAT sleeve for smart phones has limited range as compared to a dedicated SAT phone.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 13:51

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 13:51
It really depends on how often you intend to travel, if you are going regularly to areas you fell you need one then definitely purchase one as they are available for around the $500, if its just a one off, the money would be on hiring one. A sat sleeve is about $800+
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Reply By: tuck - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:03

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:03
Tharaya sleeve seems to be most popular at moment and and is dearer than the sat phone.
Am interested in comments from persons
on your statement that the sleeve has limited range as it should be receiving the signal from the same satellite as the phone
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Follow Up By: Member - Roger S (WA) - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 18:13

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 18:13
Thank you Tuck, I will chase the Tharaya sleeve up its sounds like a good option.

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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:09

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:09
Try and hunt down secondhand one.I scored a Thuraya latest model satphone for 500bucks .The sat sleeve you got to remember it will only fit your model phone so if you change phones or they do not make your model then rendered useless.
Hood luck enjoy CSR get out to Lake Gregory its sight for sore eyes ...
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:35

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:35
latest sat sleeve with hot spot has the ability to take many models of phones.
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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:12

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:12
Remember the sleeve will fit the phone you have now and probably not the next one you buy.

A second hand Motorola will set you back under $500 and you will get most of it back when you sell it.
If you only want one for that specific trip hire one and dont worry about the cost

If you search the forum on Satfones you will need a week to read all the info.

Has all been discussed at length in the last few months Costs, Plans, using Telstra sims Its all there if you look.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:32

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 14:32
Hi Roger

A few question can help you answer your own question.

Are you travelling Solo?

If with a group of other vehicles, does any other person have one of a HF Radio?

Are you a regular outback traveller?

From prices that I have seen, you will pay more to hire one, and then be charged for any calls on top of the hire fee.

Look around to see what deals you can get and check out reliable dealers to see what they have second hand.

Another cheap alternative that I have now been convinced to get, ( I always carry a PLB, HF Radio and Satellite Phone ) is a SPOT.

You can get them for under $200 dollars and then select a contract that would suite your needs.


Either way, never ever skimp on safety for any outback trip.



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Reply By: dad1340 - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 15:05

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 15:05
There's a bloke I found that loans his Iridium for specific trips. If you offer a few bucks to cover calls this may be cheap insurance.

Contact me via this forum and give me your mobile number and I'll sms you his details.

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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:57

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 17:57
I suspect you'll pay in the region of $300 per month to hire, if you are out there for a couple of months you'll probably be swiping the plastic to the tune of $500.

Better to put that towards the cost of purchasing a Satphone, probably get second hand for that price...

Remembering you don't need to be on the CSR to be remote, just out of range of normal communications, which could easily by less than 50 kilometres from a major city - how often do you find yourself in that position?

Enjoy your trip, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 18:36

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 18:36
This question comes up every few months, my answer is always the same - ring Kevin at Satphone Sales (EO member) he has the best solution for every situation.
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Reply By: Lurchwa - Monday, Jun 06, 2016 at 19:24

Monday, Jun 06, 2016 at 19:24
I usually hire one from WA Communications in Bunbury
Costs about $8 a day + calls, small change for piece of mind.
Investigated buying my own but I don't you use it enough to warrant the purchase price

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