Satellite phone options?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 21:04
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Just wondering, with the offer of switching from a Globalstar handset to an Iridium phone now available (see offer ), whether anyone reckons it's a reasonable deal,

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whether anyone has a definite signed deal from Thuraya that their service will be available in Aus, and at what prices for handsets and calls?
Cheers, John
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 22:29

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 22:29
Looks expensive. I have had my Telit for 6 years and although only used if for 10 or 12 trips has worked well. Longest time I hade to wait for a satellite was 15 mins.

I think I will stick with Globalstar for now until prices come down or Globalstar offers a equivalent offer.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 01:04

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 01:04
I'm with you Derek, the offer from Globalstar is supposed to be coming in this month, (won't hold my breath) but that offer appears awfully expensive. We will keep waiting.......waiting..... wait.........w.............

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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 01:42

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 01:42
That is their offer.

pivotel globalstar

I can get a $1100 subsidy so I can keep my Globalstar phone and get a new Iridium one for heaps less than their pitiful offer.

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Follow Up By: Member - John R (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 14:00

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 14:00
Thanks, I also thought expensive, particularly if you're on the $35/month plan.
Derek, you must have better reception, we regularly have 30 min + gaps in central Q. :-( John
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 11:28

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 11:28
What I like about GStar is that I can have the phone Fired up for 4 Months of the year and it only costs $35/month for this period. OK it will cost $200 to fire up the phone when all the Satellites are up in 2010 but until then I also will wait the 15 min or so to get access.

Daughter can also call me on her Telstra my hour which is a bonus.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 17:12

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 17:12
It's a shame the Pivotel webpage opens with a blatant lie - "Pivotel is the first company to provide the Iridium network with normal Australian mobile numbers and affordable call rates."

For years Telstra has offered Iridium access using your Telstra SIM card, costing you ZERO dollars per month to have satellite access.
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