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Where do you want to use the satellite phone? Globalstar and Thuraya might be options, but for a circumnavigation and anything in the high latitudes Iridium is the only option.

I have an Iridium with a fixed number of prepaid minutes that works out to something over $1 per minute. The minutes expire after 1 year, unless one purchases new minutes, in which case the new and old minutes get extended.

The other systems including the INMARSAT packages all require a monthly payment (at least I found no similar pre-purchase package without a contract) and that might work out more expensive for only occasional use.
 
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