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Satellite Phone Buyers Guide

Who we are

Satmodo is a satellite phone store based out of San Diego, California. We offer satellite phones and mobile internet solutions nationwide, for purchase or rentals. We provide service and equipment for Iridium, Inmarsat, & Globalstar.

Why we are

We are focused on making it easy and simple for you to get what you want, by providing you with the best shopping experience and knowledgeable staff to answer your questions 24/7.

Where you are

Are you going somewhere where there is no service? Maybe its hiking or camping. Or maybe its traveling overseas. Satmodo will keep you connected anywhere in the world!

How it starts

It all starts with the question, where are you traveling to? Satellite services differ from the location you are planning on using the communication device. Remember satellite phones are only as good as the coverage and reliability of the service.

Satellite Phone Comparison Chart

We've put together a satellite phone comparison chart below of the to make it easy for you to shop for the satellite phone and package best suited for your needs including quality of service (QoS), potential limitations, and advantages one satellite phone may have over another.

Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite phone
Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone front
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Iridium Extreme

Iridium 9555

Globalstar GSP-1700

IsatPhone 2

MPN/UPC
CPKT1101
BPKT0801
706166016267
885562000343
Pricing (approx)
$1,345
$1,095
$499
$795
Network
Iridium
Iridium
Globalstar
Inmarsat
Coverage
Global
Global
Regional
Global (Non-Polar)
Weight
8.7 oz (247g)
9.38 oz (266g)
7.05 oz (200g)
11.14 oz (316 g)
Size
5.5'' x 2.36''x 1.06'' (14.0 x 6.0 x 2.7 cm)
5.5'' x 2.36''x 1.06'' (14.0 x 6.0 x 2.7 cm)
5.5'' x 2.36''x 1.06'' (14.0 x 6.0 x 2.7 cm)
6.65” x 2.95” x 1.14” (16.9 x 7.5 x 2.9 cm)
Battery Life
4hr talk / 30hrs standby
3hr talk / 30hrs standby
4hr talk / 36hrs standby
8hr talk / 160hrs standby
Antenna
Retractable omni-directional
Retractable omni-directional
Fold-out directional
Fold-out directional
Display
Monochrome
Monochrome
Color
Color
Durability
MIL-STD 810F
N/A
N/A
IK04
Ingress Protection
IP65
N/A
N/A
IP65
Network
66 Low Earth Orbit Satellite
66 Low Earth Orbit satellite
40 Orbiting Satellites
3 Geostationary satellites
Text Messaginh (SMS)
Supported
Supported
35 Character Receive Only
Supported
GPS
Yes
N/A
Yes - During Call
Yes
Interfaces
Mini USB, Audio
Mini USB, Audio
Mini USB, Audio
Micro USB, Bluetooth
Data Connectivity
Yes, via USB or Access Point
Yes, via USB or Access Point
Yes, via USB or Access Point
Yes, via USB or Access Point
Data Speed (Uncompressed)
2.4 Kbps
2.5 Kbps
9.6 Kbps
2.4 Kbps
Emergency SOS
Yes
No
No
Yes

Satellite phones have become increasingly more popular year by year. They enable the everyday person to stay connected when traveling to remote locations where cell towers and data services are not available. Sat phones have been available for years but not until the Iridium network was launched did, they become a truly valuable asset. When Iridium satellite phones were first launched, they were offered at an unaffordable satellite phone price. Recently satellite phone cost has become more affordable and is an asset in all emergency kits and is an excellent backup to cell phone networks. When faced with a natural disaster terrestrial cell towers are the first to go down and all communication is lost. With the new affordable satellite phones, we are solving a century-long issue.

Unlike cell phones, satellite phones do require a line-of-site to the sky to obtain signal for the phone to operate. These phones will not work indoors such as a retirement home or a stateroom on a cruise. However, they will work on deck of or if you have a docking station and extended antenna they can be used indoors. Buildings, mountains, and heavy treed areas can affect the signal of a satellite phone negatively. If you are planning to use a sat phone for aviation, most pilots will use the Iridium GO! And place the unit on the dash of the plane’s cockpit so it can receive signal.

When calling into a satellite phone from a cell phone it can incur heavy overage fees. We have created a quick work-around to ensure the cell users do not get affected by these overages. You have 2 options, you can opt-in for the U.S. number on your monthly plan or you can use the two-stage dialing method. If you are wanting to text from your satellite phone to a cell phone it will have the same overages as texting someone in Mexico or Canada. Our workaround for texting satellite phones is to go to the website https://messaging.iridium.com . Simply put in your email address, the satellite phone number, and your email. See Iridium satellite phone plans below.

Globalstar GSP-1700 offers incoming texting but no outgoing texts.

Inmarsat offers their service at a little more affordable rate. However, their coverage range is global minus the polar regions. The IsatPhone 2 is a talk and text satellite phone but also has built-in GPS receiver. To acquire a signal on the IsatPhone it can take some time due to the placement of the I-4 satellite and GPS acquisition.

If you’re looking for the best network and the best phone look no further than the Iridium 9575 Extreme. This phone comes in as the most ruggedized casing currently available with an IP rating of IP65. Meaning you can drop the phone in a puddle of water and still be 100% functional. Some other features this sat phone processes is it has the ability to talk, text, send GPS coordinates, and has an SOS button. The Iridium Extreme works off the unparallel Iridium network for coverage and quality.

Satmodo is one of the best satellite phone service providers.

What features do you need on your satellite phone?

Satellite Phone Voice, Text, and Email

sOS & GPS enabled, Military grade 

Satellite Phone with longest battery life

Satellite phone with best voice quality

iridium 9575 extreme

The Best Satellite Phone 2019

It’s time to raise expectations of what a satellite phone should be. Iridium Extreme is the best satellite phone 2019 and combines location awareness, a fully integrated SOS button with included emergency response service, and
market-leading toughness — letting you take durability, reliability, and versatility with you in hand, all over the world.

In Touch

Iridium Extreme® satellite phone is built with the same reliable voice and data capability that users have come to trust from the only real mobile, real global satellite communications company in the world. But Iridium Extreme doesn’t stop there.

Feature-Rich

Iridium Extreme satellite phone is engineered with an expansive feature set and a wide range of accessories, providing people with more opportunities to connect and keep in contact anytime, anywhere.

On Track

Iridium Extreme satellite phone offers the fully integrated services of customization GPS, Online Tracking and Emergency SOS with notifications. More than a phone, it is a real mobile, real reliable tracking device with truly global coverage.

Iridium Certus will enable us to provide broadband connections to teams, vehicles and the important IoT ‘things’ that are in the 80-plus percent of the world that lacks cellular coverage

Matt Desch - Iridium

iridium 9555

Compact Power

Iridium 9555 satellite phone packs serious power into its small frame and is one of the most portable satellite phone available. With a significantly reduced footprint from our previous phone, more hand-friendly form factor, and space-saving features such as an internally stowed antenna, this sleek
handset is designed to easily go wherever your customers go.

Rugged and Reliable Critical Lifelines

Iridium 9555 satellite phone is a dependable, ruggedly built tool, not a toy. It won’t play games, take pictures, or play MP3s. What it will do is work. Everywhere. It is engineered to withstand some of the world’s toughest environments, so the world’s toughest customers can depend on it as a critical lifeline whenever and wherever need takes them.

Enhanced Features

In addition to all the features you and your customers have come to expect from our trusted satellite phones, Iridium 9555 satellite phone also incorporates an integrated speakerphone, SMS and email messaging capabilities, and a Mini-USB data port. It continues the evolution of satellite phones, making communication more efficient and effective for end users.

Intuitive Communications

Iridium 9555 satellite phone features an intuitive user interface – making reliable communication
more efficient than ever. We make it so easy, users can start making calls right
out of the box, skipping the traditional learning curve.

Iridium Satellite Phone Plans​

Iridium Pre-Paid Plans​

We offer flexible pricing for the Iridium pre-paid plans that fit your satellite phones. For custom plans please call (800) 279-2366.  Satmodo is a satellite phone service provider for Iridium.

75 Minute

30 Day Pre-Paid
$ 154
95
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

200 Minute

6 Month Pre-Paid
$ 539
95
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

600 Minute

12 Months Pre-Paid
$ 824
95
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time
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1000 Minute

24 Month Pre-Paid
$ 1,639
95
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

3000 Minute

24 Month Pre-Paid
$ 2,944
95
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

5000 Minutes

24 Month Pre-Paid
$ 4,695
95
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

Iridium Monthly Plans

With all satellite phone monthly costIridium plans you are able to add on Rollover Minutes and U.S. Numbers. Monthly plans add an extra layer of security knowing that your sim card will never run out of minutes. All satellite phone monthly cost differs from service providers. For custom plans please call (800) 279-2366

20 Minutes

$1.60/ Extra Mins
$ 59
99
Monthly
  • U.S. numbers available
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

40 Minutes

$1.39/ Extra Mins
$ 74
99
Monthly
  • U.S. numbers available
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

60 Minutes

$1.29/ Extra Mins
$ 99
99
Monthly
  • U.S. numbers available
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail
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100 Minutes

$1.19/ Extra Min
$ 139
99
Monthly
  • U.S. numbers available
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

200 Minutes

$1.09/ Extra Min
$ 239
99
Monthly
  • U.S. numbers available
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

500 Minutes

$.99/ Extra Min
$ 529
99
Monthly
  • U.S. numbers available
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

Inmarsat IsatPhone 2

The new-generation IsatPhone 2 joins IsatPhone Pro in our handheld satellite phone portfolio – bringing more choice to customers wanting the reliability Inmarsat delivers.

IsatPhone 2 is a tough satellite phone for a tough world. The robust handset has been engineered to cope with anything that nature can throw at it – from searing heat to icy blasts, desert sandstorms or
monsoon rain. It offers unrivaled battery life – 8 hours of talk time and up to 160 hours on standby.

Together, IsatPhone 2’s design and capabilities – including safety features  – make it ideal for the most demanding of users in sectors such as civil government, oil and gas, NGOs, and media.

Inmarsat offers the most affordable satellite phone price for the amount of features and coverage you get.

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Inmarsat Monthly Plans

Inmarsat satellite phones offer service plans that are budget-friendly and fit your needs. All satellite phone monthly cost differs from service providers. For custom plans please call (800) 279-2366

10 Minutes

$1.19/ Extra Mins
$ 39
99
Monthly
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

30 Minutes

$1.09/ Extra Mins
$ 59
99
Monthly
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

60 Minutes

$.99/ Extra Mins
$ 69
99
Monthly
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail
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120 Minutes

$.94/ Extra Min
$ 114 Monthly
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail

720 Minutes

$.89/ Extra Min
$ 629
99
Monthly
  • Rollover available
  • Never run out of mins
  • FREE voicemail
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Globalstar GSP-1700

  • Imagine being able to connect to the people and data that matter most – in the places and times that traditional communications don’t always work. The GSP-1700 satellite phone is the ultimate handheld portable satellite phone. Using the optional GIK-1700 installation kit, you can easily create a complete satellite phone system in your vehicle or vessel from the smallest car to the largest aircraft carrier. Antenna and cable length options were designed for ease of installation on land or sea – or simply use the phone hands-free with the optional industrial noise-canceling headset.

    SMALL PHONE, HUGE ADVANTAGES
    Be heard with CDMA crystal-clear digital voice quality. Fast data speeds at 9.6 Kbps. Position Location Service – get your Latitude and Longitude directly from your Globalstar satellite phone. Enjoy locally based phone numbers where available.

Globalstar Monthly Plans

With Globalstar satellite phones you have the option of monthly plans at an affordable rate. Globalstar phones are great for use in the U.S.  All satellite phone monthly cost differs from service providers. For custom plans please call (800) 279-2366

Orbit 150

150 Minutes
$ 79
99
Monthly
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • Extra Minutes $.99/min
  • Free Voicemail

Orbit 200

200 Minutes
$ 99
99
Monthly
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • Extra Minutes $.99/min
  • Free Voicemail

Orbit Unlimited

Unlimited Minutes
$ 199
99
Monthly
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • Unlimited Minutes
  • Free Voicemail
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Globalstar Yearly Plans

Globalstar gives you the option of prepaid plans at an affordable rate. Globalstar phones are great for use in the U.S.  For custom plans please call (800) 279-2366

Galaxy 1800

1,800 Minutes
$ 960 Yearly
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

Galaxy 2400

2,400 Minutes
$ 1,200 Yearly
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time

Galaxy Unlimited

Unlimited Minutes
$ 2,400 Yearly
  • Low Airtime Rates
  • No Commitment
  • Add mins any time
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Satmodo Satellite Phone FAQ

Satellite phone service differs from each different service provider. It can range from $39.99 a month up to $629.99 a month for postpaid options. Pretty much all service providers offer you an option of monthly service and pre-paid options as well. 

Satellite phone cost varies from brand to brand. 

The Iridium satellite service provider offers the only global coverage. Other satellite phone service providers offer wide coverage but they are not global.

  • Your cell phone can’t connect directly with a satellite network because it simply isn’t designed to do that. Optionally, you can use a device like the Iridium GO! to connect your smart phone or tablet to the Iridium Satellite Network. Your phone basically acts as your keyboard and screen, while the GO! connects you to the satellites.
  • Satellite Phone usage is more expensive than cell phones or landlines because of supply and demand and the billions of dollars required to develop, build, launch, and maintain these intricate satellite networks for the major providers: Iridium, Inmarsat & Globalstar.
  • Satellite Phones are not illegal in most of the world. Some countries do ban them for political reasons, but this is the exception, not the rule.
  • Countries that have satellite phone restrictions
  • India
    • The only satellite phone and network that India allows is Inmarsat and you must obtain permission before your trip. If you do not have a permit and you bring one you may be imprisoned and you will lose the satellite phone.
  • Sri Lanka
    • If you do not have a permit and you bring a satellite phone to Sri Lanka you may be arrested and it will cost you thousands and a confiscated phone.
  • Cuba
    • Satellite phones or GPS communications system are forbidden in Cuba unless you have taken all the steps necessary to obtain a permit from the Cuban Ministry of Informatics and Communications.
  • Sudan
    • Sudan bans most electronic devices. We highly suggest looking into this matter when you are applying for your Visa or other travel paper work.
  • North Korea
    • North Korea does not allow you to bring satellite phones with you.
  • Nigeria
    • Nigeria has banned satellite phones in certain areas due to terrorist groups. It’s unclear what the law is there about satellite phones but looking into the matter is highly encouraged.
  • Myanmar
    • There has been much unrest and infighting in Myanmar/Burma. In the past most communications was disabled and outside communications was not allowed. This is a country where you have to do your own checking before renting or buying a sat phone.
  • Chad
    • Chad restricts the use of a satellite phone or possessing one.
  • Russia
    • Requires registration prior to bringing the satellite phone in. Satmodo will help you with this step.
  • Iran
    • Iran has restrictions on many electronic devices, like satellite phones and drones. If you are planning to travel to Iran, it is recommended that you first contact the Iranian embassy or consulate to familiarize yourself with the regulations.
  • Libya
    • Certain satellite phone networks were banned in the past and current laws are unclear. Please look into this before committing to a sat phone.
  • Yes you can. We have all the best sat phone options available for you, regardless of your destination. Make sure to take a look at our selection. Please let us know if you have any questions.
  • It is possible. The government has every right to contact the satellite network to reveal the user identity. However, because you would purchase the phone through Satmodo Satellite Phones, the satellite network would simply tell the authorities that it was a Satmodo phone.
  • It is possible. It would take very specific information about the phone’s SIM card to work, but it is definitely possible.
  • The right satellite phone can work anywhere on earth because the primary infrastructure is orbiting the planet and does not use any cell towers or repeaters to make the connection possible. Your connection is directly to the satellite in the sky.
  • Satellite phones can be used almost anywhere for any reason. Many people use satellite phones in remote areas while traveling for hunting, hiking, fishing, off-road racing, and cruises.
  • Satellite phones are critical for relief work in the event of a natural disaster, like a hurricane, wildfire, earthquake, or tsunami. Traditional communications, like landlines and cell phones, are often negatively impacted in these events, so a sat phone becomes the only reliable form of communication for the rescue workers and first responders rushing into these risky scenarios.

The best satellite phone you can buy is:

  1. Iridium Extreme
  2. Iridium 9555
  3. Iridium GO!
  4. IsatPhone 2
  5. Isatphone Pro
  6. Globalstar GSP-1700

Satellite phone providers offer a monthly and a prepaid service option. With the monthly service option you would simply pick the amount of minutes you need a month and the option to add on special features like a USA phone number and rollover minutes.

Satellite phones are only as good as the service it can provide. If you are needing global coverage Iridium is what you would need. If you are wanting coverage everywhere but the polar regions you should look into Inmarsat Isat Phone Pro 2.

The best sat phone 2019 is hands down the Iridium 9575 Extreme.

Satmodo LLC is offering this information to be helpful and informative. This is not being offered as legal advice in any way. We highly encourage you to do your own research and contact the embassy or consulate for the country that you will be traveling too.

Terms

*One time $50 activation fee for all pre-paid and monthly plans

*All monthly plans are a 12 month contract

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