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  • Award-Winning Weather Forecast System "PredictWind" joins XGate

    We are very excited to announce the newly integrated weather service from RedPort Global.

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  • Iridium help Benegas Brothers Reach Remote Villages in Nepal

    Twin brothers were guiding a group on Everest earlier this year when disaster struck - the first earthquake hit Nepal and they quickly set up a rescue project called “Nepal Relief: Building a Path to Recovery”.

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  • Make Calling Satellite Phones Cheaper and Simpler with New SatCallSaver!

    Satellite phone numbers with 14+ digit numbers can be confusing to dial and difficult to remember, the expense of long distance call charges can put people off calling them and on top of that many countries and carriers restrict calling satellite phones. The good news is that we have created SatCallSaver to combat all of these issues!

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  • Globalstar Expanding Simplex Service to Southern Africa

    Globalstar today announced that, in partnership with Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi), construction has commenced on a Globalstar gateway in Gaborone, Botswana. This gateway will provide Globalstar's full line of Simplex services, including its SPOT line of affordable personal tracking and life-saving solutions, as well as its line of commercial Simplex tracking and monitoring solutions. Globalstar anticipates that this gateway will be operational by the end of this year and will provide coverage across southern Africa, including the following countries and surrounding blue-ocean areas: Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Angola, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia. The gateway significantly extends Globalstar's coverage in sub-Saharan Africa and will allow Globalstar to provide a near-global service offering for SPOT and Simplex services. Sub-Saharan Africa represents a significant new market opportunity and will serve a region with increasing demands for affordable connectivity. With a limited wireline telecommunications network and a highly fragmented cellular infrastructure, Globalstar's satellite services provide a compelling solution for seamless tracking, monitoring and emergency services. Globalstar will initially target mining and oil & gas applications, personal assets, commercial trucking and animal tracking markets. "We believe that southern Africa is a significant untapped market for our traditional MSS solutions and we thank our partner at BBi for all of their efforts to make this opportunity a reality," said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. "Whether you are going to southern Africa on a safari, work assignment, or to perform humanitarian work, the ability to let your friends, family or colleagues know that you are "ok", or to summon emergency assistance if you are not, will be only a button-push away. Additionally, for the first time, people and industries in the local area will have access to affordable satellite solutions for personal and asset tracking and we look forward to bringing this service live in just a few months."

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  • Spotlight on Beam : Lower pricing on docks for your Iridium and Inmarsat satellite phones now available

    We offer a wide range of BEAM products on our website to allow you to use your satellite phone at sea, in your vehicle or office and our pricing has now been updated to offer you even better value. Our BEAM range includes satellite phone docks, antennas and cable kits and more with prices starting from as little as £55 ex VAT. Beam Communications was established by World Reach in 2002, making a substantial investment in the development and manufacturing of Remote Satellite Communications solutions for the global telecommunications market. Beam prides itself on its ability to develop a broad spectrum of market applications and dedicated products, tailored to the needs of vertical markets and industry specific applications throughout the world. Beam was the first company to design and manufacture a fully compliant POTS emulation phone service for the Iridium Satellite network using its Remote Satellite Terminals. Now one of the leading global manufacturers of satellite communication equipment, Beam offers the widest range of Iridium solutions across all market segments. If you would like some more information call us on 0800 112 3919 to discuss your requirements.

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  • Changes to Inmarsat Airtime Plans

    In response to recent changes brought in by Inmarsat there will be adjustments to both IsatPhone pre-paid and post-paid airtime plans in the coming months.  Please note these changes apply to existing and new customers and we advise customers to read the following information carefully to get the best value from their Inmarsat equipment in the future. If you have any questions at all about how these changes affect you please do not hesitate to contact us. IsatPhone Pro Pre-Paid Airtime with effect from 1 September 2014 Inmarsat are changing the validity and pricing of pre-paid vouchers as shown below. All pre-paid call charges that were 1.0 units per minute will increase to 1.3 units per minute This means that a 500 unit voucher will have 384 minutes of voice to PSTN. This impacts Existing & New Activations There will be no increase in pricing Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro Post-Paid Airtime with effect from 1 September 2014 Inmarsat are changing the pricing of the standard post-paid plan. Please note that existing customers on the standard plan will see increases in their monthly fee. IsatPhone Pro Standard Plan monthly fee increased to $35 No change to allowance (still includes 10 minutes) This impacts Existing & New Activations To compare the latest IsatPhone contracts please visit our website. If you have any questions on how the changes impact you please ring us on 01202 801290.

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  • Globalstar Satellite Phone Cashback Incentive

    Globalstar have introduced a new cash back incentive plan. This new offer means that any customers who purchase a Globalstar GSP-1700 phone between 28/04/14 and 26/09/14 and sign up for a Voice & Data Plan will be eligible for a rebate of up to €500. The Globalstar satellite network has deployed a second-generation constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites and now offers the best satellite voice quality and fastest low-band data speeds at an affordable and highly competitive price, so why not sign up today? You must sign up for a minimum 12 month plan and each different plan has a separate corresponding rebate amount (as shown below). The rebate will be issued in the form of a credit on your account balance.  If you are interested in this offer please click here for more information and to download your rebate form.

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  • Inmarsat IsatPhone Firmware Update

    Please be advised that the deadline for IsatPhone Pro users to update the firmware on their phones to version 5.3.0 has been extended to Friday, 28 November 2014. The operational changes to the IsatPhone Pro network, originally scheduled for 18 April 2014, have been postponed to allow users more time to carry out the firmware update. In addition, Inmarsat have released IsatPhone Pro firmware version 5.5.1. Firmware version 5.5.1 will supersede the (mandatory) firmware version 5.3.0 released in February 2013. PLEASE NOTE: Installation of firmware version 5.3.0 or higher is critical to the continued use of IsatPhone Pro after the end of November 2014. All IsatPhone Pro users are therefore requested to install firmware v5.3.0 or v5.5.1 without delay, as no further extension to the upgrade deadline can be expected. Firmware is available for download here.

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  • What are the running costs of satellite phones?

    Many people assume that the running costs of satellite phones are high but did you know that you can run a satellite phone from as little as £10 per month? Satellite phones are ideal for anyone needing voice and SMS capabilities in areas where no other reliable methods of telecommunications are available. You have a choice of two airtime options when buying a satellite phone; pay-as you-go  or a pay monthly contract: Pay-as-you-go airtime allows you to buy a specified amount of units or minutes and once they have been used or expire you can either top-up or purchase a new card. This is very similar to the way that a pay-as-you-go SIM card works for a regular mobile phone. Pay monthly contracts carry a fixed monthly charge in addition to the cost of any voice and data calls you will make using the SIM. If you plan to use your satellite phone regularly throughout the year and do not want to worry about the expiry dates or inconvenience of topping-up pay-as-you-go SIM cards you may find it more convenient and cost effective to use a post-paid SIM card. At Global Telesat Communications we sell a range of satellite phones which operate on networks including Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya. Globalstar You can run a Globalstar phone from as little as £10 a month by signing up to their access plan. The Globalstar satellite network is suitable for customers demanding the best satellite voice quality and fastest low-band data speeds at an affordable and highly competitive price. Globalstar currently offer the cheapest pay monthly airtime options and we offer a range of Globalstar airtime plans starting at just €10.00 per month ex VAT with some higher consumption plans offering voice and data calls for as little as €0.15 per minute. Globalstar have recently introduced pay as you go airtime with airtime vouchers ranging from 50 units for £25 ex VAT to 1000 units for £390 ex VAT. Please click here for more information about Globalstar airtime costs. Inmarsat You can run an Inmarsat phone from as little as £18 a month by signing up to their standard plan which includes 10 minutes of call time. Inmarsat is the world's leading provider of global mobile satellite communications providing voice and high-speed data services to almost anywhere on the planet - on land, at sea and in the air. Inmarsat offer pay as you go airtime from as little as £15 ex VAT for 25 minutes worth of call time to landlines and mobile phones. They also offer a range of pay monthly contracts starting at $30.00 ex VAT. Although the monthly fees are slightly higher with Inmarsat their contracts have a one month minimum term and so you will not be tied into a long contract. You can find out more about Inmarsat airtime costs here. Iridium You can run an Iridium phone from as little as £27 a month with their standard pay monthly contract. Iridium is the world's second largest provider of mobile voice and data communications services via satellite and the only commercial provider of communications services offering 100% global coverage. Iridium have pay as you go vouchers starting from £38.00 ex VAT for 50 minutes of call time. Iridium's pay as you go vouchers are slightly more expensive than some of the other networks but they are the only one with completely global coverage and so they can be used anywhere on Earth. Iridium pay monthly contracts cost $45.00 a month ex VAT but they offer a one month minimum term which can be beneficial for people who do not expect to use their satellite phone all year around. Find out more about Iridium airtime costs here. Thuraya  You can run a Thuraya phone from just £12 a month on their standard plan. Thuraya is a United Arab Emirates based provider of mobile satellite voice and data services with coverage across most of Europe, the Middle East, North, Central and East Africa, Asia and Australia. Thuraya pay as you go vouchers start at just £15 for 22 minutes of call time in NOVA zones. Post-Paid Thuraya airtime starts at just $20 a month ex VAT. You can find out more about Thuraya airtime costs here. If you would like to learn more about the running costs for satellite phones please call us on 0800 112 3919.

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  • Inmarsat GSPS Service Outage - 11th, 18th and 23rd March 2014

    Inmarsat have scheduled maintenance for their GSPS service that will result in a short outage of 10 minutes on the dates shown below: APAC Region - 11/03/14, between 18.00 UTC & 20.00 UTC AMER Region - 18/03/14, between 07.00 UTC & 09.00 UTC EMEA Region - 25/03/14, between 21.00 UTC & 23.00 UTC GSPS users will not be able to make calls during the 10 minute outage and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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