Satellite phones

Hi all,
Travelling through central aust. And then down WA coast. Thinking of a sat phone for emergencies but pretty expensive investment, any other options worth considering as back up in case out of mobile reception and in need of help?
Cheers
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Reply By: garrycol - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:38

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 22:38
There have been about 5 threads on this topic in the last week or so.

No need to even do a search - just scroll down the threads and you will find them.
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 23:46

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 23:46
you probally need to be more specific as to where you want to go and dates you wish to travel, if it is the "desert tracks" of Aust that you are calling Central Australia then it is a worthwhile investment but if you are on basically any sealed road then you really dont need one ..............
If it is a one off trip then simply hire one, far better off that way and you can make up your mind as to your need to purchace one ......
Cheers
Joe
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Reply By: Hilux fan - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 15:42

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 15:42
If you have Telstra mobile you can purchase a second hand Iridium for under $900. There is no need to buy a card or contract for the satellite phone. When you need to use a satellite service, just transfer your Telstra sim card to the Iridium. It will check that it's a valid Tesltra card and then you can use the satellite phone (note that your Tesltra sim card must be set to international roaming). The satellite calls then appear on your normal Tesltra bill.

Can be useful in all sorts of places other than the outback. Tesltra reception can be awful not too far from civilisation at times.

Colin
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Follow Up By: Member - shane c5 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:22

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:22
well didn't know that. interesting. as for the question, how much money do you place on your life. When you need it, you need it and in a hurry. Also you can rent them for a trip, but better to buy and have a casual contract. or, the above info.

shane c5
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