Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
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The problem with Globalstar...is Globalstar. The service when working is superior to Iridium for data. They have recently launched 8 new replacement satellites which is why we are seeing reports of better service lately after near disaster in 2007. The planned replacement of satellites with next generation birds is scheduled for 2009. In the interim ...to hold on to customers and keep revenue flowing in...they have introduced some GREAT pricing. They anticipate outages in various spots in various times during 2008. They have a website tool to tell you when to call daily...but that does no good on passage. Here's their rates for the USA and Caribe and Canada based calls to LAND phones. (One thing we found out is NEVER to call another satellite phone...even in the same time zone!)
Sign up now and get Unlimited Home Airtime minutes through June 30, 2010
With the new Globalstar Unlimited Loyalty plan, get unlimited home airtime usage with rates that automatically go down each year! Talk as much as you want. E-mail, voicemail, express data service. Nights, weekends, weekdays – anytime! We guarantee the low rates through the term of June 30, 2010.
Unlimited free airtime placed from the Home Service Area of the US, Canada or Caribbean Unlimited free Long Distance for all calls placed from the US, Canada or Caribbean to the US, Canada or Puerto Rico Low roaming and international long distance rates for other regions Free incoming 35-character Short Messaging Service.
- 2008 Calendar Year: $39.99/month Unlimited Home Airtime
- 2009 Calendar Year: $19.99/month Unlimited Home Airtime
- 2010 : $19.99/month Unlimited Home Airtime
What you risk with Globalstar is:
1. Assured connectivity when you have an emergency.
2. The stabiity of the company... could mean your expensive phone/data setup is worthless and non-functional at some point.
Iridium is the other choice and is reliable, WAY more expensive and significantly (50% at least) slower on data.
Ya takes yer pick and takes yer chances!
Pamlico...for a short trip like that, I would rent one.
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