Satelite phones which carrier and which phone?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 18:18
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Going around AUS for 6 months and wanted to get a reasonable deal on a small SAT phone with a GSM connection in the large towns? I will spend about $200 per month on calls. Any suggestions on the phone type and carrier and where to get them would be much appreciated.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:06

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:06
Max, Do a search over the past week or so, someone did an informative, and interesting follow-up(I think) on the Irridium sat phones. Don't know if they have GSM facility.

With $200 of calls /month you should be able to get a deal. Had a staff member a while back, who leased a TELNIT phone, through Optus, for $1100/year, with about $100 calls free/month. It had GSM too. Hooroo..
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Follow Up By: Max - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:52

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:52
Bob Y - many thanks
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Reply By: Brad - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:11

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:11
Similar question posted on this forum a few weeks ago - Vodafone/globalstar/telit system got caned - suggest you seek it out and make your own judgement. Iridium/telstra system seemed to come out ahead. Could look at http://www.marlec.com.au/
Regards,
Brad
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Follow Up By: Max - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:54

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:54
Brad - looks like Telstra Iridium isthe way - good to see such strong agreement amongst the learned.
Alan
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Reply By: sean - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:43

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 19:43
If you are considereing hand held, then the Iridium /Motorola system is the ONLY way to go. That is what I currently have.

I have owned and extensively used vodaphone/globalstar and I found it to be totally unreliable. Do a searh on this forum and you will see other posts.

You can get the iridium system at any telstra shop.

Sean

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Follow Up By: Max - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:55

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:55
Beauty Sean thanks - Max
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Reply By: GOB - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:43

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:43
telstat comms in seaford had telstra deal going at wandin $999 for phone + ithink $2.10 per 30 secs no contract
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Follow Up By: Max - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:56

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 20:56
Thanks GOB - Max
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