satelite phones

Submitted: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 14:18
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Gday anyone out there ever owned or still have a motor rola GSP-1600 satelite phone just wondering what they are like and any positive or negative feed back thanks alot regards Ando happy travelling.
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Reply By: Member - John R (QLD) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 17:25

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 17:25
Sure you don't mean Qualcomm GSP-1600?

Cheers, John
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Follow Up By: andoman - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 22:28

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 22:28
Thanks very much mate ill keep reserching and make a decision i guess its like most things you get what you pay for so maybe pay a bit more and go with the iriduim system its piece off mind to have reliabilty cheers mate.
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Reply By: andoman - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:53

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:53
yeah your right mate qualcom
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Follow Up By: Member - John R (QLD) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 19:00

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 19:00
Hi andoman

Nothing wrong with the Qualcomm as far as satellite phones go. However the bigger problem is that they only work thru Globalstar satellites, and Globalstar has been having some problems with satellite antenna degradation over the last couple of years. But it does vary around the country, so you need to give it all some good research for the areas you want to use it. Do a search on satellite phones etc on this forum, look at the satellite availability on the Pivotel website, etc to see what you'll get and whether it's for you. Many people on this forum only recommend the Motorola 9505 series phones, through the Iridium network, using a normal SIM card with international roaming. These phones are more expensive though even 2nd hand.

Cheers, John
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Follow Up By: Member - John R (QLD) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 13:52

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 13:52
Might also suggest you look at Thuraya (www.thuraya.com) as they have put up a satellite recently which will cover Australia too. However they have yet to set up Aust. agents, so it depends on how soon you want the phone.
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