I just bought a Globalstar
phone for about $180 on ebay. The current
deal on service
is unlimited usage for $19.99 a month for a year. You don't need to buy extra software
to compress data. But there's a reason. The service is available only in certain time windows. Also, their data software
won't work on a Windows 7 operating system yet.
Still, when you make a voice call, it's clearer than my normal cell phone
service. I've got an EPIRB
for emergency communications
. My first impressions are that the Globalstar
may be a useful and cost effective "stay in touch" system.
Leaving on a three month cruise
next month. We'll see how it works out.