Cell-Phone Coverage - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 09-14-2001 Thread Starter
Contributing Authors
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 536
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 18
Cell-Phone Coverage

I am planning to cruise to the Caribbean next year, heading from the northeast US down to Trinidad. Then I hope to island-hop my way up to the US Virgins, and then return to New England. Is cell phone coverage available for that area? I've heard of a three-level phone that goes from cell to satellite, can you tell me anything about this?

Sue & Larry respond:  
The system that you refer to sounds like the service offered by Globalstar. Globalstar service is delivered through special multi-mode phones. These work like traditional cell phones when you're in an area of cell phone coverage and switch to satellite mode when you're outside of cellular range. Globalstar's satellite coverage is not yet world-wide as there are areas of non-service. For the most part these are in the middle of the oceans.

For your trip from New England to Trinidad, you should have complete satellite coverage. Depending upon your specific location in the Caribbean, a Globalstar phone may or may not work as a traditional cell phone, but it should always work as a satellite phone. Check out www.Globalstar.com for more information.

As of March 2001, Iridium was back in business providing satellite phone coverage world-wide. Their web-site is www.Iridium.com. The company's representatives told us that they would have data transmission available as well as voice by June of this year, but other sailors we spoke to said that it hadn't happened at that time.

Sue & Larry is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome