The Top 10 Myths About Satellite Phones

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Satellite phones are often misunderstood, and misrepresented on TV and in the movies. All Road Communications sets the record straight.

America's leading Satellite Phone Rental Company, All Road Communications of San Diego, California, wants to set the record straight about some pervasive satellite phone myths:

1 - Satellite phone do not work indoors

With the purchase of an inexpensive fixed mast antenna and a few feet of cable you certainly can use a sat phone indoors. Whether you have a house in Cabo or a hut in the Montana woods, now you can stay connected.

2 - Satellite phone calls always cost more than cell phone calls

This is absolutely untrue. Cell phone companies charge up to $8 per minute when you are roaming on trips overseas. Satellite phone minutes can run you well below $2 a minute on a satellite phone rental from All Road Communications , and well below $1 if you buy a satellite phone.

3 - Satellite phones are just for the rich

You can buy a brand new Globalstar Qualcomm GSP-1600 from All Road for under $600. There are numerous cell phones that cost well over $600.

4 - Satellite phones do not have Internet access

Wrong again, for example with an Iridium 9505a or Globalstar GSP-1600 satellite phone you can indeed connect to the Internet, using a data kit. Speeds are not lightening fast, but good enough for email and basic web surfing.

5 - Satellite phones cannot be used inside a car

Car kits and mag-mount antennas are available for both Iridium and Globalstar satellite phones.

6 - Satellite phones cannot be used on planes

Install an aviation antenna on your Gulfstream 5 and you will be connected to the world courtesy of your satellite phone. If you have cockpit access you can sometimes even connect with the antenna!

7 - Satellite phones cannot help give your location

The Qualcomm GSP 1600 can give your basic co-ordinates when you are on any connected call over the Globalstar network.

8 - Satellite phones do not work in bad weather

Another myth, they will work, maybe not as flawlessly as in good weather but many a storm stranded yachtsmen will speak to this truth.

9 - Satellite phone do not work when the power is down

Satellite phones are totally independant of the power grid.

10 - Satellite phones do not work when cell phone towers are down

Satellite phones do not use cellp hone towers. When the cell towers are down a sat phone is the only way to make a call.

All Road Communications rents and sells satellite phones for the Globalstar and Iridium satellite phone networks from as low as $19.99 per week. All Road also provides high speed mobile satellite Internet terminals that operate on the global Inmarsat service, plus high speed satellite Internet and voice service for the marine and aviation industries.

All Road Communications offers same day delivery of satellite phones throughout the USA.

All Road is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached online at or by phone at 1-888-884-7623 or by direct dial at USA 619-596-4574.

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