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