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One company that has brought potentially expensive satellite communications back down to earth is Globalstar.
By Capt. John N. Raguso
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In this hi-tech digital age, being able to communicate with business associates, loved ones or your buddies catching tuna in a faraway canyon, is a valuable and desirable capability. It creates peace of mind, the ability to make things happen 24/7 and the chance to have a cooler full of your favorite catch, while others are totally in the dark about the latest tuna blitz and get skunked.The simplest and most effective way to accomplish this communications task when you are out of cell tower range is to look to the sky for help…there are hundreds of communications satellites currently in orbit that can provide you with a newfound capability to communicate basically wherever and whenever you choose.

One company that has brought potentially expensive satellite communications back down to earth is Globalstar, a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service.

One of the most affordable solutions to get the benefit of immediate sat phone coverage today is via Globalstar’s GSP-1700 handheld portable device. The GSP-1700 is the ultimate handheld portable satellite phone. Using the optional GIK-1700 installation kit, you can easily create a complete satellite phone system in your vehicle or vessel from the smallest car to the largest canyon-running sportfisher. Antenna and cable length options are designed for ease of installation on land or sea, or simply use the phone hands-free with the optional industrial noise-canceling headset. The GSP-1700’s features include a convenient compact size that measures only 5.3"H x 2.2"W x 1.5"D; it’s lightweight at only 7-ounces; it offers a backlit color display that’s optimized for outdoor daytime viewing; it features a long-life battery, with 4-hours of talk time and 36-hours of standby operation; plus the ergonomic design offers a lighted keypad and it’s available in a trio of faceplate colors (red, copper and gray). Globalstar is currently offering the GSP-1700 at a sale price of $499 ($50 off its usual price of $549) and there are numerous monthly and annual service plans that will support your communications needs. One of the best is the “Orbit 100” plan that for $65 a month (plus a $50 activation fee), provides 100 free minutes (@ $0.65/minute) of talk per month with free voice mail and express data compression.

What if I were to tell you that soon, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of satellite communications and won’t have to fork over $500 or more for a sat phone…would you be interested? Well, the future is coming and it’s right around the corner… Globalstar has just introduced Sat-Fi, a revolutionary voice and data solution that provides seamless integration between any Wi-Fi enabled device (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and Globalstar’s new satellite constellation. With Sat-Fi, Globalstar customers can use their existing smart phones and existing phone numbers to send and receive communications over the Company’s satellite network, offering seamless voice and data connectivity when beyond the range of cellular. This new technology means that people who find themselves outside of cell coverage, for whatever reason, can use their existing smart phones or computers to always stay connected. That is huge!

Through a convenient app and Sat-Fi satellite hot spot, subscribers will be able to easily send and receive calls, email and text messages anywhere within Globalstar’s footprint from their own device. Like all Globalstar mobile satellite solutions, Sat-Fi is built and priced to appeal to a broad consumer market. Whether on land or at sea, Sat-Fi subscribers will be able to maintain constant, reliable connectivity when traveling in and out of cellular coverage with seamless handoff capabilities, while permitting numerous individuals to communicate through a single Sat-Fi hot spot using their existing devices and phone numbers. Globalstar is expected to receive final FCC certification of Sat-Fi during the second quarter of 2014, with shipments starting shortly thereafter. The Company will then market and sell the product offering through its enterprise, government and consumer distribution network with planned extensions into OEM channels. Stay tuned for more on this exciting technology and it we will all be intrigued to see how this new Sat-Fi service is priced, so that many of us can jump onboard with our existing communications hardware.

For more information, call 877-452-5782, or visit the company’s website.