It’s important to understand when, where, and how you will use your satellite phone rental. Choose the wrong phone and you could end up frustrated or with a phone that will not work for you. Let us help you find the right rental device for you. Call us for a free satellite phone rental consultation.
The main things to consider are:
Where will you use the satphone?
Satellite phones need a clear view of the sky in order to register and connect to the satellite constellation. Each satellite network constellation orbits differently providing advantages and disadvantages depending on where you use their service.
Bottom line: If you’re going anywhere mountainous, or on land in the far north or south, rent an Iridium device. On the water or near the equator you will get excellent performance and save some money with the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2, or in Africa, Europe, Middle East, or Australia consider Thuraya.
How will you use the satphone?
Voice only? Text messages? If so, a little or a lot? Weather forecasts and email?
Bottom line for voice and text messages: If you want to keep it simple with voice calls and a few texts, get any of the handheld phones, based on your coverage and budgetary needs.
Bottom line for heavy texting, weather forecasts and email: The Iridium GO! Works with your smartphone and uses apps to text or give you weather updates and even email. It takes some setup and reliance on your smartphone, which might not work in extreme cold or with gloved hands, but if you prioritize those services over ruggedness, it’s an easy and affordable way to get the services you need.
How much will you use the satphone?
If you are just using a satellite phone for emergencies, you will want a phone that gives you the most reliable service when in crisis mode. All of the handheld satellite phones provide access to emergency services that can be a literal lifesaver if set up properly. Also consider how many minutes you will use since different products have different airtime pricing.