Globalstar sat phone

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tazin river
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Globalstar sat phone

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Thinking of getting a portable sat phone. I am familiar with the Iradium and like its dependability but they are expensive!

Is the Globalstar sat phone reliable in northern Canada? Say between the 60th and the 70th parallel?

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Re: Globalstar sat phone

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Send me a PM. I can give you a good deal on an older used iridium phone setup.
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From a guy that had both phones, stay away from the global star.
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Globalstar has supposed been upping their coverage, but the whole purpose of a sat phone is you need it to work when you need it to work, bar none. Iridium is too expensive but unfortunately worth it. My experience is a couple of years old though.
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I had bad luck with Globalstar in an incident that could have been catastrophic, that was the end of that. I operate in the 50th and have not heard a lot of good about it from others here either, as late as last year. I have been carrying an Iridium sat for several years with good success, have also had the InReach (uses the Iridium system) for 4 years and it works great also for what it is intended. I would not risk my life on Globalstar for a few dollars savings.
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Re: Globalstar sat phone

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You can occasionally make a call with global star at those latitudes. I've never had an iridium fail.
If you don't need voice, an in reach offers excellent remote communications at a fraction of the cost.
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Re: Globalstar sat phone

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I wouldn't bother with a globalstar sat phone if reliability is a concern. never had an issue with a iridium satphone, but i have had a spot not work (which uses globalstar). iridium is particularly better anywhere mountainous or at northern latitudes.
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