Introducing the inReach Explorer: the World’s First Satellite Communicator with Built-In Navigation

DeLorme has announced that they are releasing a brand new product: The inReach Explorer. This new device will incorporate a new range of navigation functions alongside DeLorme’s award-winning technology to ensure that you can stay connected wherever you go.

In addition to the messaging, DeLore inReach Explorertracking and SOS capabilities currently offered by the DeLorme inReach SE, users of the inReach Explorer can now view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. An easy-to-follow map view displays routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. The built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors ensure accuracy and provide heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics.
 

The inReach Explorer also offers the features that DeLorme inReach SE customers will be familiar with: 

  • Using DeLorme’s Explore portal, inReach owners can also plan their routes and waypoints ahead of time and share their trip details with family and friends to follow along online with the user’s MapShare page or via social media posts.
  • Using DeLorme’s Earthmate App, inReach Explorer also pairs wirelessly with iOS and Android devices to access map data and make text messaging even more convenient. When paired with a mobile device, inReach owners get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app, even when beyond cellular coverage.
  • In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to communicate via text back and forth with responders at the international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring center, ensuring prompt response with the appropriate resources.
  • inReach communicates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite connections, high network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60-second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas.

The inReach Explorer will be available to buy from our website in early May.

15 Minutes to Set-Up Your Satellite Phone

We often have customers come to us with last minute requirements or those who are worried that setting up their satellite phone will be complicated but it needn’t be.

Once your SIM is active here’s how to get started.  GTC customers will receive an email once the SIM is active with their phone number details.

If you’re not sure on the status give us a call on +44 1202 801290.

1. Make sure the SIM card is inserted into the satellite phone

Remove the battery and insert the SIM card with gold PINs facing down. The exception is modern Globalstar phones which do not require a SIM card.

clear-line-of-sight-to-the-sky2. Take the phone outside and find a clear line of sight to the sky

For best performance, move away from tall obstacles such as buildings or trees.

Make sure the antenna is fully extended and pointing to its optimal position (straight up to the sky).

For Inmarsat and Thuraya handsets face towards the equator.

3. Make a test call from the satellite phone

When dialling make sure you dial in international format:

e.g. to call GTC dial 00 44 1202 801290.

Use a + or 00 in front of all numbers.

Calling into the phone

Use the same method to call into the phone i.e. a + or 00 in front of the number.

Having problems? Check with your operator that they support calls to satellite phones. Try dialling from a different network.

Did you know…Inmarsat & Iridium customers can call these test numbers for free ?

Inmarsat: +870776999999

Iridium:  +1-480-752-5105 

4. Send a test message*

Enter the recipient’s phone number in international format.

Sending an SMS to the phone

Use the same method to send a text into the phone i.e. a + or 00 in front of the number.

*Excludes Globalstar which does not have SMS capability.

Did you know…You can send a free SMS to some satellite phones?  Visit:

http://msg.iridium.com/

http://connect.inmarsat.com/Services/Land/IsatPhone/SMS/sms.html

https://sms.thuraya.com/

 

Do you have any other tips for getting started with a satellite phone?

 

Post a comment and let us know!

The SPOT Trace: Brand New Satellite Asset Tracker

The newest member of SPOT’s growing family of products has arrived! Using 100% satellite technology, the SPOT Trace tracks your most valuable assets virtually anywhere in the world, beyond the reach of traditional cellular coverage.

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The new SPOT Trace is the ultimate anti-theft satellite asset tracking device. It ensures cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are where they need to be, notifying you via email or text message when movement is detected anytime, anywhere. You can also follow your assets on Google Maps at anytime on your phone or on your computer.

SPOT Trace features include:

  • Tracking. View your asset’s GPS coordinates from your smartphone or online
  • Movement Alerts. Receive texts/emails when SPOT’s vibration sensor detects your asset has new movement
  • Dock Mode. Configure your device to track an asset that is primarily stored on the water
  • Power Off Message. Receive a notification if your device is powered off
  • Low Battery Message. Receive a notification when the device’s batteries are low
  • Status Message. Receive a once per day alert to let you know your asset is secure
  • Multiple Mounting Options. Mount your SPOT Trace in a variety of ways
  • Small and Durable. Use it practically anywhere
  • Long Battery Life. Up to 18 months of battery life
  • Customized Tracking Options to Fit Your Needs. Select the rate at which tracking updates are sent – every 2 ½, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes
  • User Friendly. Simple to set up and easy to use

You can find out more about the SPOT Trace and pre-order yours by clicking here.

Inmarsat announce IsatPhone 2

The 2nd generation IsatPhone handset will offer tracking, an emergency button and pageability will be available at the end of March.

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IsatPhone 2 will be available from the end of March 2014

IsatPhone 2 will target the higher end of the satphone market. A slimmer handset with a high-quality feel, it has additional features and functionality over IsatPhone Pro, such as tracking, an emergency button and pageability.

Offered at a higher price point than IsatPhone Pro, it will still deliver excellent value. The new phone is expected to particularly appeal to end-users looking to upgrade from an outdated existing satphone.

Meanwhile, IsatPhone Pro will continue to be marketed as the lower-cost satphone option.

With two phones, differentiated by price and performance, our voice portfolio will allow you to attract customers in two very diverse markets.

 

We will shortly add information on the IsatPhone 2 to our website, contact us to be added to our IsatPhone 2 Mailing List.

Thuraya Launches Vehicular IP Broadband Terminal

Thuraya Telecommunications has launched its first dedicated vehicular IP broadband terminal.

Designed and manufactured by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions, Thuraya IP Voyager is a cost-effective, high-quality satellite terminal designed for end-users in the government, oil and gas, media, and relief sectors. It is the only terminal available in the market capable of achieving streaming IP rates of up to 384 kbps as well as user-definable asymmetric streaming.

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Randy Roberts, Vice President of Innovation at Thuraya said: “Reliable connectivity and mobility are essential for users who need to communicate with their field teams and to file reports while on-the-move. The Thuraya IP Voyager broadens our Land IP portfolio and is part of our strategy to give end-users the power of choice when it comes to having high-quality, reliable connections at competitive prices, no matter where they are.”

Thuraya IP Voyager enables remote users to collaborate reliably and efficiently using video, data and VoIP services to achieve mission-critical tasks in areas that are not served by terrestrial communication networks. It is designed to connect at IP broadband speeds of up to 444 kbps while on-the-move and includes a built-in Wi-Fi access point as well as four Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports to connect multiple wired devices.

Asher Faredi, Product Manager of Land Data at Thuraya said: “Many parts of the world remain unconnected by terrestrial networks. In developing the Thuraya IP Voyager, we listened closely to our customers to understand their needs and we were able to design a robust “comms-on-the-move” terminal that it is easy to install and facilitates real productivity in the field. There is an opportunity in the land vehicular terminal market, which is now being addressed with the Thuraya IP Voyager.”

GTC will have pricing available shortly for the Thuraya IP Voyager.

 

 

Globalstar Home Zone Extended to Include North America

Since it’s launch last month the Globalstar pre-paid service has proven to be very popular offering rates as low as 47p per minute.

The service has now been improved even further as users can now make calls with their pre-paid service in North America.

Globalstar Pre-Paid Coverage Map

Globalstar Pre-Paid Coverage Map

To take advantage of the Globalstar pre-paid service you need a GSP-1600, GSP-1700 (just £250 ex VAT!) or GSP-2900 handset.  Then simply choose from one of the great value pay as you options available and you are ready to make calls wherever your travels take you.  The current pre-paid options available are:

Globalstar-PrepaidContact us today on 01202 801290 if you have any questions on the Globalstar pre-paid service.

 

 

Our pick of the top 5 gadgets for your next expedition

Hike in desertEvery January we get plenty of enquiries from people full of enthusiasm to plan their next adventure. Of course, for those planning trips in remote areas satellite communications are often an essential part of their trip not only for keeping followers back home up-to-date but also for their life-saving SOS functionality.

Here’s our pick of the best gear for your next expedition:

DeLorme inReach Satellite Trackers

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The DeLorme range of inReach Trackers are award-winning satellite communicators that use the Iridium global satellite network to enable communication anywhere in the world.  The trackers offer 2-way personal and SOS communications and remote Follow-me/Find-me tracking and have been used by numerous GTC customers to track journeys all over the world.

Can I see the inReach in action? Check out Jon Beardmore’s DeLorme page, driving on a 25,000 mile round trip to China/South East Asia and back.  https://share.delorme.com/JonBeardmore

DeLorme Satellite Trackers are available from £150 ex VAT

BGAN Satellite Internet TerminalsThrane-Explorer-in-Use

BGAN terminals are ideal for travellers who need an internet connection during their trip. We offer a variety of terminals, all offering speeds of at least 384 kbps.  Although they are not as fast as the speed home broadband connections we are used to these days they are fine for sending and receiving emails, photos, updating blogs and general internet browsing.

Who uses a BGAN terminal? British adventurer Leo Houlding counts a BGAN terminal in his top five expedition gadgets:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/09/expert-guide-gadgets

BGAN Terminals are available from £1,115 ex VAT

Thuraya SatSleeve

thuraya-satsleeveThe Thuraya SatSleeve is a world first in satellite add-ons, transforming an iPhone 4/4S/5 into a satellite phone, allowing you to send and receive SMS messages and make calls using the Thuraya network, which covers 2/3rds of the planet.  It’s great to know that you can use your normal iPhone in areas of GSM coverage to reduce costs and have the back-up of the SatSleeve in more remote areas.  The iPhone 5 version also allows you to use data services to update your Facebook and Twitter pages.

Coming soon…Thuraya SatSleeve for Android handsets

http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/blog/thuraya-launches-satsleeve-for-android

Thuraya SatSleeve is available from £415 ex VAT

Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite PhoneGlobalstar

With inclusive plans offering voice and data calls for as little as €0.15 per minute and the lowest handset prices in the market, Globalstar sat phones are hard to beat. In 2013 Globalstar became the only mobile satellite service provider to deploy a second-generation constellation of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites, allowing you connect to one of the most advanced and modern satellite networks currently available. With pre-paid plans being launched at the end of Jan Globalstar is a great value handset.

Who uses a Globalstar sat phone? Team Savoir Faire used a Globalstar phone on their round Britain rowing challenge http://www.gbrow2013.com/

Globalstar GSP-1700 is available for just £250 ex VAT

Iridium Extreme Satellite Phone

6The Iridium 9575 Extreme is the newest satellite phone currently available. Not only does the 9575 Extreme offer Iridium’s global coverage for voice, data and SMS but it is the first satellite phone to offer the fully integrated services of customizable GPS, online tracking and emergency SOS with notification services with the 2 in 1 design allowing you to carry one less piece of kit!

Who uses the Iridium Extreme? Mountain Guide Bruce Goodlad relies on his Extreme, see his review here:

http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk/blog/bruce-goodlad-review-of-iridium-9575-extreme

Iridium Extreme is available from £735 ex VAT

Have questions about any of our expedition kit? Give us a call on 01202 801290.

Antony Jinman South Pole Mission

Antony Jinman is the founder and CEO of Education through Expeditions (ETE), a social enterprise set up to inspire young people to learn more about the world around them and follow their dreams. In the next few days Antony will be leaving the UK and heading to the South Pole to Antony Jinmanfulfill his childhood dream of reaching both the North and South Pole and becoming one of only a handful of Britons to achieve this feat. He will arrive on the ice on the 23rd November and will set off on his solo journey across Antarctica and will be picked up at the South Pole almost two months later after skiing for a grueling 730 miles!

Antony is embarking on this expedition not only to achieve his own lifetime goal but as a means to inspire and educate children. We are lending a DeLorme inReach SE to Antony so that his expedition will be completely interactive and school children from all over the country will be able to ask him questions and track his progress online. The DeLorme inReach SE can send and receive messages and tracking signals from anywhere in the world and is designed for maximum durability in harsh environments, making it the perfect travel companion for Antony on his solo expedition.

DeLorme-inReach-SE-Satellite-TrackerAntony wants to promote healthy nutrition and lifestyle in schools and has created a variety of activities and resources to teach children about diet, exercise and human biology in an interactive way. ETE’s research has proven that interactivity can have a significant impact on classroom learning, achievement and pupil aspiration. The expedition will also give Antony an opportunity to teach people about the environment of the South Pole and potentially inspire a future generation of explorers!

We would like to wish Antony the best of luck on his expedition and look forward to watching his progress online.

New SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger ready to ship next week!

We are pleased to announce that the new SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger has been released and they will be available to ship from GTC next week!  You can already pre-order your device online.

SPOT-3-Satellite-GPS-Messenger-frontThe SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger offers one-way communication, SOS alerting and follow-me tracking all in a small and simple to use device. It works in areas of the world where no other forms of communication exist, including oceans, deserts and mountains ensuring that it is not only an invaluable line of communication with friends and family but a potentially lifesaving piece of kit if the worst should happen and you find yourself in an emergency situation.

The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger is the latest product in a multiple award winning range of SPOT devices but it offers great new and enhanced services including motion-activated tracking. The SPOT Gen3 has a vibration sensor that tells it to send track updates when you are moving and to stop when you do; regardless of the level of tracking that you choose (Basic, Unlimited or Extreme). This means that you don’t have to remember to reset your tracking after 24 hours, as was the case with previous SPOT devices, and is also a great new battery-saving feature. On top of this the SPOT Gen3 has approximately twice the battery life of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger and more options to power it including Energizer® Ultimate Lithium 8x Batteries, Energizer® NiMH reusable batteries and line power with a 5v USB Connection.

 The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger also offers new tracking options:

  • Unlimited Tracking: Set it and forget it. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn’t stop until you do.
  • Extreme Tracking: Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2 ½ minutes. Don’t miss a step with increased track rates!

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As well as these new features the SPOT Gen3 has all of the basic features that you would expect from a SPOT device:

  • S.O.S.: With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe The S.O.S. button is for emergencies only.
  • Check In: Let family and friends know you’re ok when you’re out of cell phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
  • Help/SPOT Assist: Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations. Or, use SPOT Assist for professional services on land or water. (Additional service required).
  • SPOT Assist: SPOT Assist allows you to notify third-party towing professionals of your request for assistance on land or water. (Additional service required).
  • Custom Message: Stay in touch while off the grid by sending your custom message. Set up a message before leaving to send to contacts with your GPS location. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.
  • Tracking: Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date.

Easy to carry, the SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger weighs just 114 grams including batteries and fits in the palm of your hand. It is proven to be one of the best value for money lifesaving and communications devices that you can carry when travelling in remote areas so head to our website to order one soon!

DeLorme Christmas Offer – 2 Months Free Airtime

Christmas is around the corner and DeLorme are celebrating by offering two months of free airtime if you activate a DeLorme inReach or inReach SE during November or December*.

All you need to do is choose an annual plan, sign up directly with DeLorme at http://inreachdelorme.com/holiday/ and enjoy the first two months of your annual subscription plan completely free!

DeLorme inReach and inReach SE’s are essential travel companions if you venture into areas with no mobile phone network coverage as they offer two way communication, tracking and locating and 2 way SOS services- all with 100% global satellite coverage, enabling you to share your journeys and keep in touch with friends and family wherever your adventures take you.

DeLorme xmas offer

*This offer is NOT available if you sign up directly with GTC. Two months credit is applied within 30 days of activation. Not valid on seasonal subscriptions. See inreachdelorme.com/holiday for full offer details.