iSatPhone Pro gone global

iSatphone pro hands on

Inmarsat’s global satellite phone that we got wind of earlier this year has now become available by various satellite phone providers, Satworx being one of them and is also appearing on eBay.  Their $495 price tag for the the iSatPhone Pro seems steep at first, but if you’re operating an adventure travel business, disaster-readiness operations or just visiting remote locations then this handset is an invaluable investment.  A monthly fee of $19.95 will give you 75 cents per minute talk time.  Satworx says that is cheaper than competing satellite phone company plans by 65%.

Just a refresher on the specs, the  iSatPhone Pro has GPS, voicemail, text and email messaging.  Bluetooth hands-free so you don’t have to keep that massively high-powered device next to your head.  It operates over global geostationary satellites and is the lightest satellite phone to date.


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  1. Rick says:

    The process of sending a text to the phone is cumbersome at best, and requires use of InmarSat’s website.

    It should also be noted that prepaid cards will not work in the US. I use mine for offshore fishing. Service is available in Ensenada (60 milies south of the US border), and off shore of ensenada, but at some point (have not figured out exactly where), while still south of the boarder (and maybe 40 miles offshore), service is lost — there is still a connection, but apparently the unit thinks it is in the US and will not provide service. It also will not work off shore of the California coast — even 40 miles offshore, which is well beyond the 12 mile International Waters limit. Most frustrating of all, there is no specification available to say when it should and should not work.

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