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    That's just the 9575. You can still use the 9500...

    That's just the 9575.
    You can still use the 9500 and other models so I wouldn't worry about support for older phones stopping.
  2. It was more likely due to the thick trees, I had...

    It was more likely due to the thick trees, I had a simular problem with Inmarsat while going through the forest of southern Oregon on a moving train.
  3. From what I know it's rather slow, @2400bps and...

    From what I know it's rather slow, @2400bps and meant for sending small emails and other light tasks.
    The latency is bad because of the delay from satellite to land and back.
    As far as I know the...
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    There's the 9575A, no idea what's different about...

    There's the 9575A, no idea what's different about it, probably simular to the 9505A.
    There's also a military version of the 9575, otherwise nothing new coming that I know of.
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    Tracing Satellite Phones

    I read an article on how Osama Bin Laden used to hate using satellite phones because he could be monitored,
    it made me wonder just how trackabale are sat phones and can they be listened to in real...
  6. Interesting, I guess I was wrong. Newer model...

    Interesting, I guess I was wrong.
    Newer model phones like the Motorola 9575 will give you gps coordinates.
  7. Nice to see someone posted finally, it's been 6...

    Nice to see someone posted finally, it's been 6 months and I thought this board was all but abandoned.
    It seems redundant to have both, you can still call 911 from a satellite phone without having...
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    Doubtful since it's such an outdated model.

    Doubtful since it's such an outdated model.
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    That SAT-550 is an early satellite phone, they...

    That SAT-550 is an early satellite phone, they probably wouldn't even activate it.
    The problem with Globalstar is they no longer have prepaid service, and when they did they charged a $50 activation...
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    It depends on the lenght of service and number of...

    It depends on the lenght of service and number of minutes, but yes it is that cheap.
    I'd go with Iridium, they have the best global coverage but I guess it'd depend on where your cruise is going.
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    My french is a bit rusty, but I managed to get...

    My french is a bit rusty, but I managed to get the gist of that link.
    I've roamed in the usa using sim cards from various countries, but akways prepaid which charge alot for calls and especialy...
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    I'd just rent a satellite phone, depending on...

    I'd just rent a satellite phone, depending on your plan it'd cost $2 a minute or less, a far better deal than using your own cell or the ship's phones.
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    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but since noone...

    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but since noone else answered I guess I will.

    it's more an issue of your bandwith than theirs, but you'll have packet loss reguardless of which you use, and some...
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    The problem with voip is the quality of the call,...

    The problem with voip is the quality of the call, which will be inferior to pots and even cellular because it depends on your internet speed and even then subject to degredation due to transcoding...
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    Update

    Well I figured since noones posted on this sub in over a month i'd try to get it going again.
    I've expanded my collection of satellite phones, and it now includes the following:
    Globalstar GSP-1600...
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    You can put your GSM sim into a Thuraya phone and...

    You can put your GSM sim into a Thuraya phone and use it in North America, but you can't use satellite service on it.
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    I think you're confused, you cant roam from a...

    I think you're confused, you cant roam from a cellular network onto a satellite network unless you have a satellite sleeve made for android or iphones that let you use both.
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    Well read the fine print, that 1 cent is probably...

    Well read the fine print, that 1 cent is probably much more with the various fees they tend to add, but this isn't a prepaid forum.
    I doubt many prepaid mobile providers allow calls to sat phones...
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    mintsim is for mobile phones, not sat and I doubt...

    mintsim is for mobile phones, not sat and I doubt you'll get that rate since it would mean a loss in profit as the cost for them is more.
    drnewcomb: what I hate is the short time you have to use the...
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    I don't see anything on that website about...

    I don't see anything on that website about calling China, let alone for .01 cent a minute, not from a cell phone and sure as hell not from a sat phone.
    Maybe those prepaid calling cards that...
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    lol, many people don't know that there's...

    lol, many people don't know that there's differences between cellular and sat service.
    Tweeting your cordoninates may save you, I had a Spot just incase the train I was on stopped or wrecked in the...
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    Not really, SMS is only 0.5 units each. The good...

    Not really, SMS is only 0.5 units each.
    The good thing about inmarsat is it has 15 second billing; where they really get you are calls to competing satellite carriers which are 5, 8, or 11 units a...
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    On ebay the inmarsat's go for $300-$400, 9505's...

    On ebay the inmarsat's go for $300-$400, 9505's $300 or so depending on if there's a bidding war as well as how many other ones there are listedand their prices.
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    Well I had to go upstairs and fiddle with the...

    Well I had to go upstairs and fiddle with the antenna but I managed to make some calls, except when we were in the tunnels.
    I wouldn't recomend it unless you absolutely need make calls while in...
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    It should be only 1.13 units a minute to call any...

    It should be only 1.13 units a minute to call any POTS or mobile number, only calls to other competing sat carriers would cost more.
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