sat phone hire

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Can anyone tell me where I can hire a sat phone from? WE will be leving Mildura early July, and want to take a phone, but are haing trouble getting on to one to hire. Any ideas??
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Reply By: Indigo Jones (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 21:43

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 21:43
might be an idea to have a look here and here hope this of some use.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 22:15

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 22:15
Where are you?
Electric bug in Adelaide.......

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: suzannerobin - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 22:32

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 22:32
We are in Horsham Victoria, and will be travelling the Canning Stock Route leaving early July. Have looked on ebay to buy a phone, but don't know enough about using one to risk purchasing one. When we go on our trip, we will be heading North through Mildura then north before cutting across to Yunta. But we are flexible.
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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 05:55

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 05:55
G'day, when will you be back? I have a phone that I hire out, but will need it myself from the 24th August. Cheers. John
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Follow Up By: Member - Greg S (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 08:33

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 08:33
Hi John, if suzannerobin can't organise the sat phone with you return mail me as I've booked a sat phone but it's dammed expensive to rent. I need one from the 20th June to about the 25th July, but could mail it back to you on the 15th of July when we'll be back on the Stuart black top heading back to Sydney. What sort of rent for say 20th/6 to 25th/7 or 20th/6 to 15th/ July. Thanks Greg
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Reply By: Member - Greg S (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 08:36

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 08:36
Perth Company called Fastwave rent them out 08 9486 4256 but you better be quick as they told me they are popular in the winter months for obvious reasons. Greg
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Reply By: Member No 1- Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 09:44

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 09:44
I have one that I hire out, but am in Adelaide
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Reply By:- Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 10:24

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 10:24
phone hire try tr telecom in melbourne phone 0398963000 or buy a new one about 1200 to 1300 dollars with the rebate happy traveling barry
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 11:40

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 11:40
Hardly get the rebate for use on one trip.

Requirement is out of ALL phone communication for at least 120 days a year.


Very hard to do with all the others having towers near their communities

Also mines have access in the strangest of places


Personally I would buy one thats not too old off Ebay as you will probably get your money back when you sell it.

Either way you have to learn how to use it as hiring one doesnt make it any easier
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Reply By: suzannerobin - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 20:17

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 20:17
Thanks to you all for your suggestions, advice and ideas. We still are not sure what to do, but will look on ebay for a bit to see what happens. Apparently there are good brands and not so good. Set up costs are so unknown if we buy.. so many decisions. At thi stage I will not make a committment but will wait and see. Our trip will be from early July to about mid Sept. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: abchelle - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 20:49

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 20:49
Don't know where you are headed but the Oodnadata and Birdsville police stations hire them out. The desert parks site has info on sat phones to hire when in this region.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:00

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:00
There is only one type and brand to get and thats a Phone on the IRIDIUM network and usually is a MOTOROLA

Models are 9500 cant SMS

9505 and 9505A can SMS

9555 new model about $1800.


I have a 9505A that I got for $950.

USed it once in 2 years


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Reply By: loadmaster - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 22:06

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 22:06
hi there.
i have just hire a sat phone from lara electronics...seems ok...its not s cheap option but if you run into some bad luck in the middle of nowhere its cheap insurance
give them a ring or look them up on the internet..0352822751
cheers
paul
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Reply By: suzannerobin - Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 22:24

Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 22:24
It seems taht $10 per day is about normal, plus calls that are not cheap. I think the cost of calls is cheaper if people ring in, rather than us ring out. Any clues on this?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:04

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:04
If you use a TELSTRA sim card (on a plan) not prepaid

Calls BOTH WAYS cost $3.77 a minute

My only call cost exactly that in November

HAve seen hire rates of $17 a day. Hire it fo 2 months and you could have bought one.


Read Thread 78932 and you will get all the info you need about the workings and pricing


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