Purchase of a Satelite phone

Hi folks,
Do any fellow travellers have any experience with purchasing there own satelite phone, or is it just cheaper to hire them. We head out west a bit and the minute we reach one hill past home we lose phone service even with Telstra. Any advice would be much appreciated. Also considering purchasing a Spot Connect.
Thanks
Georgie
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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:34

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:34
Hi Mudda,

Go to www.toxictech.com. I got a brand new ImarsatPro for the total cost of $123.75 plus 2 years credit of $50. This website - a licensed retailer has all the details for the Government subsidies. 85% if you live outside a mobile area and a 50% subsidy if you can dream up a travel itinary thar gets you out of range for 180 days spread over two years. 15 mins a day out of range = out of range for the day.

The Inmarsat Pro is the only satellite without a monthly plan (monthly plan = cost!) Charges are $1.00 for outggoing calls to a landlane and $1.20 pm to mobiles - no flag fall cost. Incoming call may be more - not sure. Credits last for 2 years. You can email via their website for free and TXT's are $0.50

Despite the name I found them great to deal with and all the details are on theor website.

Cheers John
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Follow Up By: dean e - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:43

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:43
John,
"The Inmarsat Pro is the only satellite without a monthly plan (monthly plan = cost!)"
The iridium network can be accessed using a Next G sim in a Motorola Iridium satphone.
Having said that you wont get a Motorola within cooee of that price.
Dean
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 05:44

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 05:44
Apart from the Testra option, you can get Prepaid card on Iridium too.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:49

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:49
I can't lie to get a govt subsidy but having done the research also got an Isatphone Pro for $700 and a good deal on prepaid calls.

The trouble with Spot Connect and Messenger is that you can only send out.

With their sat constellation you also need reliable low-angle lines to the North. Fine for the desert; not so fine in the mountains in Vic and Tas. I've tested a Messenger in those conditions and regard the device as marginal for critical incidents.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:53

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:53
Just to add re Inmarsat, it seems that most retailers are curtailing the expiry span of their prepaid plans. Not a biggie for me.

But to call into one from a landline involves Telstra and they now charge around $20 a minute. You can however send a free text msg from an Inmarsat retailer's website, so just get folk to call you back.

Also you can't use 000. Just carry a list of RFDS, police and roadhouse numbers for your planned itinerary. That's no biggie either.
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Follow Up By: Steve D1 - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:01

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:01
No 000 ??? thats a problem. Didn't realise that. So in an emergency I can grab the phone quick enough, then have to find appropriate number. Mmmm.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:51

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:51
They supply you with a number to program into the phone which does call 000.

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Follow Up By: Member - graham h5 - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 18:09

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 18:09
agree Spot can only send out but it does bring some sense of security to those left home. haven't tried in the mountain areas yet though
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Reply By: Bigfish - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:37

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:37
Buy your own. Get a Telstra one. Had 2 for about 7 years and would not leave home without them. No 000....absolutely useless in a real emergency.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:59

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:59
Yes, call 000 in a real emergency from remote parts of Aus. and they'll ask you about your street number or nearest intersection and whether you need ambulance, police or fire brigade. LOL.

Take relevant local contact numbers whatever service you choose.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:55

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:55
Why not spend 5 minutes programming the relevant emergency services numbers into the phone for the areas that you will traveling in.
As I mentioned above Inmarsat do provide a number which calls 000.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 05:47

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 05:47
I would be interested to learn what numbers you call in Victoria for Fire, Police and Ambulance.
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Reply By: Member - MIKE.G - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:54

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 16:54
Bought a Inmarsat last year, great phone. The fact that you can't dial 000 I don't see as a problem. I have stored all the RFDS, local Police in the area of travel and any other numbers needed into the phone - simply press the one you want. The phone gives you your exact Lon and Lat from place of call. Dialling 000 can mean you could end up being answered anywhere in Australia, so to have instant access to the local RFDS or police is a much better option to my way of thinking.

Cheers,

Mike
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:44

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:44
Telstra uses the Iridium sat constellation.

Do your own research on this. When I did it, there were many reports of the number of drop-outs. In-call, this is a pill and expensive.
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Reply By: BUSH CAMPER - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 21:46

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 21:46
We have the IsatPhone pro and have used it a couple of times and worked well in outback SA. When you save an incoming call from the sat phone to your mobile, what does the + mean.
If you want to give the no. to someone incase they need to contact, what no. do you give them, ie, what goes in front of the sat phone no?
I tried to call the sat phone using the no. and it didn't go thru.
thanks Hugh
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 07:56

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 07:56
Nothing goes in front. 8707 is Inmarsat's international prefix; effectively a country code you dial direct.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 08:09

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 08:09
Nope, I was wrong. 0011 is needed first.
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Follow Up By: Member - MIKE.G - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:34

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:34
+ is used insead if 0011 as the prefix for a call from Australia.
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