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Old 01-30-2007
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Thuraya does cover the pacific and africa quite thoroughly. I was equipping journalists with the Thuraya phones, for deployment in Iraq/Afghanistan and they performed quite well.

I understand that they now make a small Iridium like handset that uses an omnidirectional antenna... so it might be worth investigating. One phone in particular that may be of interest to you is their SG-2520 model, which is both GSM-triband and Satellite capable. This would probably simplify and reduce your costs when traveling in areas with GSM coverage.

Also, be aware that it is against the law to use a satellite-based phone within the borders of the US, without a waiver from the FCC. So, if you get one and want to test it, either get a waiver or go offshore to do your testing.
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