The Top 10 Myths About Satellite Phones

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Satellite phones are cheaper and more useful than one might think> Get the truth about these marvels of technology.

America's number 1 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, for around $300 or less, 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 $7.99 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 even 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 $750. There are numerous cell phones that cost more than that.

4 - Satellite phones do not provide 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 standard antenna!

7 - Satellite phones cannot help give your location

The Globastar 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, as will anyone who has used one in the middle of a hurricane.

9 - Satellite phones 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 cell phone towers. When the cell towers are down a sat phone is often the only way to make a phone call.

All Road Communications rents and sells satellite phones for the Globalstar and Iridium satellite phone networks from as low as $19.49 per week. All Road also rents and sells Nera high speed mobile satellite Internet terminals utilizing Inmarsat service, from $119 per week and $6.99 per MB.

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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