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03-10-2010 03:24 PM  8 years agoPost 1
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I need a satellite phone that works in the US and Caribbean. Doing research now but wondering if anyone here has experience with them.
I had a rented an Iridium years ago but hear lately that some services are better than others.

Any thoughts?

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03-10-2010 06:21 PM  8 years agoPost 2
max232

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Verizon works in the caribbean.

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03-10-2010 06:58 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Verizon works in the caribbean.
I need something that works without fail anywhere in the upper southern hemisphere actually. I could be 50-100 miles offshore. I have an offer to possibly go on the saltwater tournament trail and will be up and down the lower east coast, the islands and even as far south as Barbados and possibly even Panama.

I've read up on it and the choices seem to be Iridium and Globalstar. Iridium appears to be the most reliable but has voice quality issues and Globalstar is much cheaper but has deteriorating satellite issues that result in spotty but predictable coverage.
Globalstar is able to predict the outages 3-4 days in advance and at what times it will be available. The longest outages could be 30-45 mins but in a life or death situation, that is a looooong time.

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03-10-2010 07:18 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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I have a friend who owns a marine electronics store. He let me test out a sat phone to go to the caribbean a few years ago(don't remember the brand). It worked good but it was like 5.00 a min. I will call him and ask him what they use nowadays.

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03-10-2010 09:19 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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Prices have dropped big time from that. I'm looking at $1295 for the Iridium phone and 75 mins for $150 or an emergency plan at 39.95 and 2.00 minute airtime.

Probably go with the cheaper plan and just not answer it and call whoever back when in port.

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03-11-2010 01:20 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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i've had good luck with iridium in the carribean. voice quality was NOT an issue.

remembering the phone number was!

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03-11-2010 09:22 PM  8 years agoPost 7
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Bought the Iridium.

When I was talking about voice quality I meant whats called the "Iridium slur" which is caused by the lag time of transmitting to the satellite and back. I never had any problems understanding and making myself understood but more than a few times I was asked if there was something wrong with my phone.
This is primarily for emergency use only so its not and issue but connectivity is.

Thanks for the input!!!

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03-11-2010 09:27 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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I have an offer to possibly go on the saltwater tournament trail and will be up and down the lower east coast, the islands and even as far south as Barbados and possibly even Panama.
Pleasant sailing OCB. I'm envious.

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03-11-2010 10:45 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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Lucky bugger!!! Have a great trip!!
Just to put in a little humour here.... The off topics politics section is gonna be slow with you gone.

Walk on water long enough, eventually you will get your feet wet.

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03-11-2010 11:47 PM  8 years agoPost 10
GimbalFan (RIP)

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The off topics politics section is gonna be slow with you gone.
Spoonfeeding logic to laughwits is hard work. OCB has earned a vacation.

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03-12-2010 12:29 AM  8 years agoPost 11
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Good luck on the tournament fishing Ozark!

I made a mistake once, but I was wrong?

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03-12-2010 02:31 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Rotory Wings

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Hey guys. Is it true that the sat phone antenna must have a line of sight to the satellite? In other words, do they work indoors?

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03-12-2010 02:40 AM  8 years agoPost 13
GimbalFan (RIP)

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do they work indoors?
No. However some models are combination sat/cell phones. Git 'er done.

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03-12-2010 04:10 AM  8 years agoPost 14
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yes and no regarding signal...even microwaves (which can be narrow enough and focused enough to cook things) are still waves and will bleed around corners....

i've used the sat phone with cruise ship balcony door open...

fwiw i also catch sirius/xm just fine in my garage, with door open..

and fwiw, check you sat guided navigation on your car while in the garage, probably gets signal too....

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03-12-2010 06:45 AM  8 years agoPost 15
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Hey guys. Is it true that the sat phone antenna must have a line of sight to the satellite? In other words, do they work indoors?
Some work better than others. If you have deep pockets you can get a local repeater. The Globalstar claimed their satellites were in a lower orbit and gave better reception.
Pleasant sailing OCB. I'm envious.
Its going to be rotating teams so no will stay out too long. 2 weeks on a boat is rough as you are either fishing, maintaining or cleaning it nonstop.

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03-12-2010 06:48 AM  8 years agoPost 16
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you are either fishing, maintaining or cleaning it nonstop.
Still envious. Enjoy.

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03-12-2010 10:42 AM  8 years agoPost 17
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If you need a mate Im game.


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03-12-2010 02:13 PM  8 years agoPost 18
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I do IT work on oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Iridium phones are what we use. And it's what our clients keep on their platforms in case of emergency.

"Some problems don't have solutions, only outcomes" --Isaac Asimov

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