If you're an explorer, extreme outdoorsman, boater or any other type of individual who spends a great deal of time in remote areas without cell phone access, few tools are more important and useful than your satellite phone. Not only do these devices provide those outside of populated areas with the ability to make phone calls, they are also now capable of delivering internet service and text messages without needing to access a terrestrial network.
However, if there is a limitation to these products, it's that you need a separate phone in order to take advantage of the extended service. But Globalstar, one of the premiere manufacturers of satellite phone technology, has just announced that it has created a new network dubbed Sat-Fi that will allow users to log on to the internet using their smartphone, tablet or PC.
"Whether on land or at sea, Sat-Fi subscribers will be able to maintain constant, reliable connectivity when traveling in and out of cellular coverage with seamless handoff capabilities, while permitting numerous individuals to communicate through a single Sat-Fi hot spot using their existing devices and phone numbers," Globalstar said in a press release.
The company hasn't released full details about the new service, but those who want to take advantage would need a Sat-Fi device and an app installed on their preferred mobile system. As more information becomes available, we'll post updates here. In the meantime, you can take advantage of Globalstar's extensive network of satellites by picking up one of their phones at ePal, the leading marine equipment supplier on the internet.