sat phones

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 03:20
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My 1st post, so hi to all. I have been searching for a sat phone (to buy)
and have heard of better deals than the ones i'm finding, so I was hoping
that someone on the forum could give me a clue on where to locate one
of the cheaper suppliers or models. Good forum
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:46

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:46
There are a couple available for sale on Ebay - Click here

Load it up, put "Satellite Phone" into the Search window and you're there.

I don't know anything about which service is better than the other, but I am sure this forum will steer you straight.

JackNo trees were harmed in the making or sending of this message. However a
great number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
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Reply By: howesy - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:27

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:27
The vodaphone network use a different satellite system and provide a heaps cheaper purchase price for a phone. The only draw back is that the satellites are such that in some parts of the country you may have to wait 20 minutes or so to pick up a satellite. Not too much if you need help. The phone works on GSM and reverts to sat when there is no signal. The purchase price when I looked was around $1500 the connection was $30 a month and calls were around $1.60 a min on sat. That was about 1 to 2 years ago.
Some one else may know more about these phones, good luck.
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Reply By: howesy - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:45

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 09:45
This is the updated info on the globalstar unit. It is available as the good man said on ebay

Ericsson R290 Satellite Telephone Globalstar / GSM 900

Hello and thank you for looking at my Auction

Package consists:

1 New Ericsson R290 Satellite / GSM 900 telephone.

2 New Li-ion standard batteries.

1 New mains power charger.

1 New International plug set for use around the world inc. uk/euro/usa/aus/nz/jap/china.

1 Fully Insured AusPost delivery.

1 year seller's warranty.

The phones are unlocked to work on any GSM 900 network and on the Globalstar Satellite Network.

The R290 switches automatically to satellite mode if there is no GSM coverage.

Alternatively it can be set manually in either Satellite only or GSM only.

These phones are Austel stamped and approved.

Sim Cards

You can get connected to Globalstar satellite and gsm service by calling:

Globalstar Australia on 1300 88 24 48

NO MINIMUM contract length if you have your own handset.

$71.50 connection.

$15month access fee
$2.30 per min, flagfall 60c
incoming first 15sec free.

GSM costs 60c min/15flagfall


$33 month access fee.
$1.5 per min, 50c flagfall.
incoming first 15sec free.

GSM costs 50c min/12c flagfall
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 12:06

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 12:06
Did you enquire with the advertisers that are listed on this site. Go Topic Search (LHS of screen) Select Communications and Business Search Engine keyword "Satelite".

BTW: If and whenever you contact business you have seen or head about on ExplorOz please please make sure you mention your saw them at ExplorOz - We need these advertiser to pay to keep the site running. Regards
ExplorOz Team - David
Always working, not enough travelling ;-)
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Reply By: sean - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 20:51

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 20:51
I have owned and used both Globalstar and Iridium.

DO NOT - DO NOT - DO NOT - DO NOT - DO NOT GO FOR GLOBALSTAR if you want a system that is reliable and that actually works more often than it does not. I wont bore you with the details. Try searching the archives.

Best value is Motorola 9500 on iridium network available from telstra. If you can afford it then look the Motorola 9505 (Telstra) which comes standard with every accessory you will ever need. The geostationary systems are the outright most reliable but not as affordable as Telstras subsidised offering (Optus and others)

Hope this helps.


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