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wildcard 01-29-2007 03:32 PM

Sat phones????
I need a sat phone. I thought this had been done here but I cant seem to find it. Whats out there, good, bad? How fast can I get it?

Vasco 01-29-2007 03:40 PM

Globalstar is not working very well this season in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Lots of complaints. Iridium seems better but a bit more money. Globalstar has resorted to giving customers more time but what's the use of the minutes if you can't get a connection or are dropped a half dozen times in one conversation.

wildcard 01-29-2007 04:28 PM

Good to know, thanks...

camaraderie 01-29-2007 05:10 PM

I've not seen Vasco's comment repeated anywhere else. Vasco...what is different this year vs. other years? Are you using just a handset or the external antenna?
Globalstar served us well thoughout the Caribe...and had spotty outages as satellites came across the horizon but nothing serious. For the Caribe it is by FAR the most widely used and CHEAPEST to use system. I understand they are putting up eight new satellites by June so things should improve more.

sailingdog 01-29-2007 08:35 PM

Depends on where you're going. If you're going to Asia, the South Pacific or Africa, Thuraya makes phones and sell plans with much better coverage. Pricey though.

camaraderie 01-29-2007 08:45 PM

Yup...and Iridium has great coverage at high prices elsewhere in the world. Point is that Globalstar will cost about 25 cents a minute in the Bahamas and Caribe. No one can touch you put up with some disconnects along the way! Works best on data too...9600 baud.

Vasco 01-29-2007 08:58 PM


Been talking to my buddies. Even with the marine antenna kit it's no good. They claim they're repositioning the satellites or something but frankly I don't think they have enough satellites to give good coverage. I have heard they're trying to raise $400 million and are not doing so well. Last year it was poor but bearable, this year it's too unreliable.

wildcard 01-30-2007 12:08 AM

Does anyone know offhand if Thuraya covers the Pacific? If not I guess it's Iridum. I HAVE to have middle east coverage and want pacific coverage.

camaraderie 01-30-2007 12:08 AM

Rick...the only place I've seen it trashed is you and a couple of others on CS-BB. Nothing reported on any of the other boards...not anyreports in the legitimate marine or news press I can find. Not saying it isn't true in the Bahamas this year...just know my own experience and the fact that it remains in use by Parker for weather and Pavlidas as well and have heard no issues from them.
How about it...anyone else out there with current Globalstar experience?!

awayocean 01-30-2007 12:44 AM

I had very bad experience with globalstar from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas 2 years ago. Since this trip I have been using Iridium- 3 trips from Hawaii to CA for 2006 – it works every time all the time. It is more $ but we keep it only for weather updates- most of the time is in Pelican case in the grab bag. The phone Motorola 9505A works from below decks with no problem

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