Tips for buying a satellite phone

The type of satellite phone you need depends on where you'll be using it.

Although many boaters can leave shore with a basic marine radio onboard, others require more serious communication equipment for those occasions when they'll be heading farther out into the ocean, away from ports and cell phone towers. For such situations, it may be necessary to purchase a satellite phone.

If you're unfamiliar with this equipment and how it works, here are some tips to keep in mind as you decided whether you want to buy one:

  • Although they're known for their ability to provide service anywhere this isn't always the case. There are some networks, such as Iridium, which work globally, but others are restricted to certain regions. This may not be a problem if you typically boat in the same body of water.
  • Consider whether you're existing marine equipment already provides some of the functions that are available with satellite phones. For example, if you already have a GPS system that delivers weather information, there's not much need to also have this function in your satellite phone, unless you're afraid of the GPS losing reception.
  • Think about what you want to use the phone for. Is it for emergencies, or will you be consistently relying on it to send messages back to shore? Do you plan to use it for phone calls only, or email and internet as well?

At ePal, we offer satellite phones and accessories from Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium and other companies, so you should be able to find a phone that fits your needs specifically. If you have any questions about this topic, we invite you to give us a call today at (877) 245-8649 to find answers!

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