Satellite phones are useful in circumstances where there are no cellular communications services. While not inexpensive, satellite phones can be invaluable tools. Imagine being in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no communication! If you are planning a trip in the desert, mountains, jungle or on sea and need to be in touch with the world, your only choice is to use a satellite phone.
However, there are a few things you should know before renting a satellite phone from Cellular Abroad. First, while incoming calls are free, it is very expensive to call to satellite phones. Generally speaking, rates are about $7.00 to call to a Satellite phone. Calls from a satellite phone are $1.95 per minute. Second, you must have a clear line of sight to the sky. Satellite phones are intended for outdoor use and will not work indoors. In fact, even if you are under a tree or if there is a heavy cloud covering, you will not get satellite service. Still, while there are several minuses, the fact that you can actually be in contact literally in the middle of the ocean is a huge plus.
Most people thing that satellite phones are heavy and huge. It is true that in the past, they were big and heavy but today’s satellite phones, at least the newer versions are approximately 13 ounces and quite manageable to carry. Cellular Abroad uses only the latest model of satellite services and products available through Iridium.
True to our business model, Cellular Abroad is the only company (that we are aware of) that offers pay as you go satellite service with no bills or contracts to sign.