Office: Anna 0410 506 709, Peter: 0415 263 750 (24/7), Caroline: 0415 940 939, Landline: 02 4997 8183, Email Contact: info@epirbhire.com.au

 A quick comparison between phones.

Please note these phones communicate with Satellites, that are moving very fast and/or are a long way away.
They don't work as well as your mobile. 

Call plan (for owners) Best option $50 per month $15 iincluded calls Pre paid $50 per month 25 min included calls $15 per month
Call cost to Aust Mobile and landline. Aust 40c flagfall then $1.20 per minute 25 mins per month included ($2 per minute) $1 per minute
SMS. 50c 100 per month included ($1) 50c
SMS/email option outgoing only yes - very reliable out going only
Call cost to international numbers Varied same as above Varied
incoming call cost local number (in Aust only) Expensive on pre paid (post paid is local number) Local number - Globally!
Coverage (effective) Global Global except Poles (above PNG, Kenya,Mexico) West coast Africa to east coast Australia
(above Sumatra & Somalia)
Coverage expectations...... with orbiting satellites your handset is looking for a moving target, if you are in a valley, it will block the signal for undefined periods. It will work if you can see the Satellite, in central NSW it is approx 50 degrees up in the Nth East.
Reception is consistent, better than Thuraya.
It will work if you can see the Satellite, in central NSW it is approx 50 degrees up in the Nth East.
Reception is consistent.
GPS positioning and tracking Yes 9575 only Yes - an excellent facility some models only
What we like..... Incoming calls are very cheap. External magnetic antenna works well. Outgoing calls are cheap, GPS, email works well, cheap call plan. Good voice quality Simple to use, excellent voice quality.
Coverage (effective) Global Global except Poles (above PNG, Kenya,Mexico) West coast Africa to east coast Australia
(above Sumatra & Somalia)
Coverage expectations...... with orbiting satellites your handset is looking for a moving target, if you are in a valley, it will block the signal for undefined periods. It will work if you can see the Satellite, in central NSW it is approx 50 degrees up in the Nth East.
Reception is consistent, better than Thuraya.
It will work if you can see the Satellite, in central NSW it is approx 50 degrees up in the Nth East.
Reception is consistent.
GPS positioning and tracking Yes 9575 only Yes - an excellent facility some models only
What we like..... Incoming calls are very cheap. External magnetic car kit antenna works well. Outgoing calls are cheap, GPS, email SMS excellent, cheap calls. Best over all reception for Aust. Perfect for south Pacific crusie ships Simple to use, excellent voice quality. Global incoming local call cost. Overall cost very low.
What we don't like...... In hills the reception issues can be frustrating, this gets worse as you get closer to the equator. PNG hills useless. incoming calls are expensive. (see note #1.) The satellite is a bit low for good east coast and Tassie reception
Reception bottom line The Satellites are moving, so you don't know where to stand, you just need to see as much of the sky as possible. You know where the satellite is so you just have to get into that spot... PNG excellent - Tasmania/Albany 40Deg up it works well You know where the satellite is so you just have to get into that spot... WA/NT excellent - Tasmania get a bit harder. Stops 100nm off east coast
Hire a Satellite phone Hire the Iridium satellite phone click here Hire the Inmarsat satellite phone click here Hire Thuraya satellite phone click here
Buy a Satellite phone click here Review the Iridium 9575 click here   Thuraya HotSpot Data click here
       
       
       
       

Note #1. The reality is that you don't leave a satellite phone turned on in
the same way that you would a normal mobile. 
Therefore you rarely get incoming calls. Ideally have people contact you through SMS/email.

Is the Iridium a better option ?


Inmarsat is one of the world's largest satellite phone companies. http://www.inmarsat.com/


Is Inmarsat a better  option?

Is the Thuraya Satsleeve a better option?

Contact Details:
Office call Anna 0410 506 709
Yachting and technical enquiries call Peter 0415 263 750 
(available 24/7) 
Accounts call Caroline - 0415 940 939 
Landline +61 (0)2 4997 8183 

Offices - SYDNEY, NEWPORT NSW, MANLY NSW, BULAHDELAH NSW.
Email Contact: info@epirbhire.com.au