Globalstar has a constellation of 40+ satellites 880 miles up, and has long been a provider of satellite telephone service.
As of 2/18/20, Globalstar is currently offering this limited-time promotion on the Sat-Fi2:
- Unit price is $249 (normally $499)
- Unlimited Voice & Data for $50/mo (with the purchase of a Sat-Fi2)
Before you rush to sign up for this perfect-sounding solution...
The catch with the Sat-Fi2 is that the data speed is up to 72kbps, and the included data only covers basic email, weather updates, SMS text messages, posting to FaceBook and tweeting on Twitter (not reading), super compressed photos, and very little else.
Up to 8 Sat-Fi users will be able to connect to a single unit at a time.
The plans are quite expensive.
Satellite options like this are best thought of as a supplement to cellular in extremely remote conditions, and not as a do-everything replacement.
But depending on your needs - you can use a Sat-Fi2 to get a call out, do some text messaging, and even for some email (primarily text only - no images or attachments) -- just about anywhere in the United States.
- Main Function: Basic Satellite Communicator
- Satellite Network: Globalstar
- Battery Life: 2 hours of talk time, 6 hours stand-by (28 hours on hibernation mode)
- Weight: 12.6 oz
- Dimensions: 1.5'' x 2.9 '' x 5.8''
- Waterproof: Water 'resistant'
- GPS Location: Yes
- Retail Price: $499 (sometimes reduced to $249)
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