Sat Phone Users: Advice Please

Submitted: Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:33
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I'm in the market for a Motorola 9505A satphone. I've tried buying from Telstra over the phone but they keep sending me to Telstra Shops. They are just a terrible shopping experience, especially my local, and I refuse to go there anymore.

I see there are several available in the US on EBAY.

Has anyone bought one from overseas? Would there be any sort of compatibility issues?

I just want to buy one outright and slip my NextG SIM into it.

All advice appreciated.

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Reply By: marq - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:38

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:38
TR Telecom - ask them to match Telstra price $2k

You can do it over email / phone.
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:43

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:43
Another option is to contact Landwide Site Link and check out their NEW and USED sat phones.

I have purchased 2 Motorola 9500 off them great company to deal with
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 19:00

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 19:00
mmmm - full URL link doesnt work

go to Landwide Sat Phone then click on "Sales Products"

You will see new and second hand phones listed
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:53

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 18:53
No compatibility issues at all. Make sure you buy from a reputable seller e.g. XSat, so you end up with what you pay for. There MAY be import duty if you're unlucky like me :((
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Reply By: George_M - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 19:06

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 19:06
It will generally be cheaper if you buy from an overseas supplier. If buying from the US you can expect to pay about A$1500 - buying from a reputable supplier makes this a low risk purchase.

If buying from other parts of the world you can expect to pay less. I bought a Motorola 9505A from an Indonesian supplier and paid A$1100 - this is a high risk process, and the transaction was not insurable by ebay/paypal.

You can use your Next G sim provided that "international roaming" is activated. Call costs are higher than you'd pay after establishing a specific satphone plan through someone like TR Telecom, so it all depends on how you intend to use the phone.

There is an absolute goldmine of information available from the members of this site - I found that Telstra was worse than useless.

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Reply By: Member - Reg T (WA) - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:00

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 21:00
Their is a mob in shops next to the Booragoon Pub that sells and hires sat phones. Hired one for 2 weeks they posted it out and I posted it back. Sorry but I cant think of the name.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:49

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 19:49
Rent a Sat Phone.

http://www.rentasatellitephone.com.au/
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Reply By: Steve T - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:00

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:00
I tried to get our Motorola Sat phone through the local Telstra shop at Penrith, NSW, what a hassle, they dont stock them and would take 2 weeks to get in. So I rang the Broken Hill Telstra shop, as we were staying there for a few days before going bush, to see if they had one. They had plenty in stock and said they can get them overnight if required anyway. So I front up to their store and walk out 15 mins later with the phone. By the way they offered monthly deferred repayments on the phone, $87 per month for 24 months plus monthly plan costs. So I kept my money in the bank, pay it back interest free and have warranty to boot, no stressing out if a "cheap" import is going to work. I dont care if I'm on contract, the whole point of the sat phone was for safety of my young family, why skimp a few hundred dollars on an imported phone and pay expensive roaming charges, sort of defeats the purpose of getting of getting it in the first place. My 2 cents worth, hope it helps, Steve
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:05

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 18:05
great response Steve enuph said
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