Sat phone plan for tourists

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 05:14
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Hi

I'm looking for a sat provider and plan for tourists. They'll stay some weeks and travel through the outback. I guess GSM is no alternative. So what sat plans are available. They should be affordable and the device should be leased.

Thanks in advance!

chris!
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:36

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:36
Chris, I notice you're not a member so I can't mm you. If you email me I might be able to assist. email address jim.potts AT bigpond DOT com
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:04

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:04
A satellite Phone if leased will have an operating Sim card in it.

Iridium is the only viable system and DOES NOT WORK ON GSM it is a satellite only system

A thuraya phone can but the system reliability is very suspect


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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:05

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:05
Rental costs roughly $17 A DAY plus call costs.




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Reply By: Member - R and R Troop (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 13:04

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 13:04
We hired an Iridium Sat phone from satcomhire.com.au. The site has prices and yes was $17 a day but varies depending on time hired for. There are many other places that hire also. My husband thought I was crazy spending that much to hire a phone for a few weeks but for the 10 days we were truly out of mobile phone range and remote it certainly gave me peace of mind! Arranged with family to turn on 2 hours each night and otherwise used infrequently so call costs not an issue for us.
Good reception where we were (Camerons Corner to Birdsville) Phone arrived on time prior to trip and with the pre post paid bag I was able to return when we were back in mobile phone territory. As they hopefully come down in price would consider buying one. The Iridium phone came with instructions/recharger and was compact and easy to use.
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Reply By: Member - Derek D (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 16:31

Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 at 16:31
Chris,
We use the Iridum satellite phone and have found them to be very good.
You can hire one from Landwide Satellite Solutions. They have a web site and also their phone number is 02 9426333.

Derek
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