Buying a Satellite phone

I am looking at getting a satellite phone and have no idea whatsoever.
Iits use would be infrequent and just as a safety measure.
I was wondering if you can get something on a prepaid basis that you could just top up before a trip.
Are there any preferred brands or suppliers. It is a bit hardf to get info where we live and is a 3 hour drive to maybe get someone who knows what they were talking about.

Thanks in advance

David
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 18:44

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 18:44
Hi david,
If you are going to be away from mobile reception for more than 180 days in 2 years you are eligible for a 50% subsidy from the government. We were eligible. We bought a phone and put 2 years of credit on it. We intend to use it only for safety etc. and emergency. We went through MGL communications and found the good.
Hope this helps
barb
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Reply By: Hortray - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 19:48

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 19:48
Hi David, we were in the same position re SAT phone and we ended up going with a solution from TC Communication that being a Isatphone Pro with no monthly fees. U buy air time that suits your potential use.

I bought ours when we did the canning stock route last year, it it was absolutely fantastic. Never regretted it, and it worked a treat all over the outback.

Rgds ray
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 20:08

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 20:08
Got to agree with Hortray, however 000 is not available, so you must get the local police station numbers. Otherwise very cheep to run 80c per minute.
Andy
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Reply By: Danna - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:16

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:16
Hi David
It depends on length of your yearly usage. Say you need it for 1 month holiday every year and maybe little bit more in between. It is worth to buy your own.
I personally wouldn’t buy anything else but Motorola Iridium Satellite Phone. We bought our 9505 model few years’ back from EBay (Australian – if you can pick it up is the best option). Buying your own phone cost you lot, lot less in long run than any hire. We use exclusively TR Telecom (we contact Dave (03) 9896 3000). TR Telecom has plans suited for people like us and they very helpful. Just have a look at that option on website:

http://www.trtelecom.com.au/satellite-phone-iridium-plans-australia.html

We are not associated with them, but we are genuinely happy with their options and service.
HooRoo Danna
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Follow Up By: The other Norm C (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 21:51

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 21:51
I'll second TR Telecom
You can sign up for $30 a month with $10 calls included
and suspend the account for $10 per month when note going away
Allows you to retain your number
Norm
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:18

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:18
Gday David,

Hope your move to the north has gone well!

I'm finally going to drop my HFradio telephone and make the move to the satphone. As mentioned above, the Isatphone seems to get get good reports and you can get it with Prepaid - used to be able to get $100 worth of calls for 2 years, but I think they cut that back a bit a couple of weeks ago. Peter Young at Alltrac is an agent for them now.

All the best
Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:48

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:48
Just googling the new costs - phone is about $800 and minimum prepaid cost is going to be about $140 every 6 months:
Details here
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Follow Up By: Outnabout.. - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:52

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:52
Hi Phil,
We are loving the move but still to find a club to join. We get a200 series next week and as much as I like the HF radio I am not going to pay 5K for a Kaymar to hang the antenna on. Plus Ann drives the car most of the time and is not to happy having to swing the spare/s around on the trusty 80.
Are you still keeping the farm truck? I noticed you were looking around for something to cart the grandkids. How is Amy ? Is she still up Brisbane way.

Hope to catch up agin sometime in the not to distant future.

David
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Reply By: Danna - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:21

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 21:21
David
That website again:

http://www.trtelecom.com.au/

than look under plans...
HooRoo Danna
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Reply By: rainbowprof - Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 23:30

Saturday, Jun 16, 2012 at 23:30
Do note regarding Isatphone that the prepay option has increased significantly in cost and no longer lasts for 2 years at all. It used to be a very good deal but I'm doubtful now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:27

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:27
No don't be doubtful....a 100 minutes lasts 180 days and still only cost you $99...just use it to call your mates and make them jealous cos they are working and you are out there having a great time.
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Follow Up By: rainbowprof - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:58

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:58
Sounds good, although the information I received is that call costs have gone up. "Pricing will increase by at least 30-50%." according to my prepaid vendor, jwilon. I bough 100 more units to last 2 more years the day before the price change anyway.
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Reply By: Chilli01 - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 14:19

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 14:19
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Reply By: Chilli01 - Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 13:05

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 13:05
Hi, my advise would be to not rent, buy a second hand one (e.g Kyocera SS-66K). Iridium is the network you want. Becareful of getting pre-paid cards second hand as they can be out of date of nearly out of date. I've got credit before from Global Telesat Communications they seemed to have the best price at the time but it's worth shopping around.
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