Review: Globalstar Sat-Fi (Satellite Internet)

globalstar-satfi-mobile-satellite-reviewGlobalstar has a constellation of 40+ satellites 880 miles up, and has long been a provider of satellite telephone service.

Now Globalstar is offering a $999 box called Sat-Fi, which they like to describe as a satellite-powered Wi-Fi personal hotspot that
supports unlimited data with plans currently starting at just $39/mo!

Before you rush to sign up for this perfect-sounding solution...

The catch with SatFi is that the data speed is 9.6Kbps (vintage mid-1990s modem speeds), and the included data only covers basic email, SMS text messages, posting to FaceBook and tweeting on Twitter (not reading), and very little else. The $39/mo plan also includes 40 minutes of satellite phone voice minutes – which can also be used to make very slow general-use data calls.

For $149/mo – you actually get unlimited voice and data calls.

Specifications

Testing Status: We do not intend to obtain a setup to test.

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Quick Take

The data speeds are so slow that you would never be able to interactively surf the modern web. But it you have extremely low bandwidth needs or are primarily voice-centric – this is actually a very affordable option.

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