Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 22-05-2013, 01:22   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 12
Satellite Phones

Australian boat currently travelling across the pacific, just purchased, original sat phone (2 years old) linked to old owners and pre paid. At the moment still some credits. Are there any preferred satellite providers for Inmarsat? I haven't had much help from one company who had the original contract, no email to boat to discuss with my husband and fairly bad reception when we do get through breaks down and conversation hard to gauge so any help would be appreciated.
Can we swop the sim to a different account?
Thank you
__________________

__________________
trest1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-05-2013, 01:36   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
44'cruisingcat's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,453
Images: 69
re: Satellite Phones

Conversation on Inmarsat can be a bit stilted, as they use geostationary sattellites, which are at very high altitudes. IIRC they're something like 22,000 km up. So the signals have to travel a LONG way, which can mean a couple of seconds delay between you saying something, and the other person hearing it.

Other than that though, we had good success with our Isatphone pro. We use ASTA Welcome to Applied Satellite Technology Australia | ASTA - Applied Satellite Technology Australia but to be honest, I doubt there would be any difference in service between providers - they all have to use the same Inmarsat sattellites.
__________________

__________________
44'cruisingcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-05-2013, 01:53   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 12
re: Satellite Phones

Thank you so much I appreciate any information. You have been very helpful
__________________
trest1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-05-2013, 02:06   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
44'cruisingcat's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,453
Images: 69
re: Satellite Phones

No worries, happy to help. Hope the phone works as well for you as ours did for us.

There are some handy programs you can download free (not via the satphone though!) which let you download Grib files and send short emails quite cheaply.

We used Onsatmail Onsatmail.com

And viewed the gribs on Open CPN.

Takes a bit of setting up, but once going ours worked really well.
__________________
44'cruisingcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
satellite

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Satellite Phones tour72 Marine Electronics 11 02-12-2012 18:31
SPOT CONNECT SATELLITE FOR ANDROID PHONES sinbad7 Navigation 8 07-08-2012 10:26



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:28.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.