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  • SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger now In Stock!

    Global Telesat Communications are pleased to announce we are now stocking SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. This is the 2nd version of the popular personal tracker and essential for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities which may lead them into remote areas. SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger provides a link to friends and family and emergency assistance using satellite technology.  SPOT works virtually anywhere even when mobile phones won’t.  At the push of a button, you can send your location to friends and family. Your location can be sent by email and SMS to let them know via Google Maps how your journey is progressing.  Additionally, you can send your GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Center who will alert the local emergency services to your location.  This gives you great peace of mind in case of emergency. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is priced at £159.00 inc. VAT and is available now for next day delivery.  The device also requires that you purchase an annual subscription fee which is obtained directly from SPOT.  This is priced at €99.00 a year and includes unlimited messages. An example of the maps created by a SPOT Shared Page and the device itself. Life-Saving SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger One of the first rescues assisted by SPOT documented in the UK was in the Scottish Highlands.  Niels Vinther, who had only bought his SPOT device the month before, was walking alone when he began to suffer from excruciating stomach pains.  15 miles south of Fort William, his emergency signal initiated by his SPOT 911 alerted emergency services. As a result, a Royal Navy helicopter used his GPS signal to rescue him.  Niels says “With SPOT at my disposal I feel confident when getting back out into the great outdoors.  I am able to keep friends and family in the loop, adding to my peace of mind.  Also, the device will be great if I find others in need of assistance, who may not have such a handy device at their disposal.”  Read more on this story... Another rescue aided by SPOT took place in August 2008 in Dartmoor, Devon. The device was used to save two young walkers suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia.  There was no mobile signal which prevented the walkers from contacting the emergency services in the usual way and so SPOT was called upon – within an hour the two injured individuals were picked up by an RAF helicopter and taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Read more on this story... Track Progress Feature A great additional service available for an extra €39.00 a year is the Track Progress feature. This allows you to continuously send and save your location for friends and family. Consequently, they can track your journey in near real time using Google Maps. Once the button is activated messages are automatically sent every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until cancelled. Creating a SPOT Shared Page allows you to share your journey progress in near real time on the web with friends and family - just give them the URL. Order SPOT online now for next day delivery!

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  • Global Telesat Communications supports the Jane Tomlinson Appeal with Iridium 9555 sat phones

    On July 25th, Mike and Rebecca Tomlinson will set off on the Jane Tomlinson Appeal's latest challenge. Together with a team of fellow cyclists they will set off on a 2,500-mile bike ride from Istanbul to Leeds. The Tomlinson family will be joined by family and friends who will also take on the challenge of travelling through 12 countries over 5 weeks. As they travel across Europe you will be able to watch their progress through daily blogs and the latest pictures. The Appeal to date has raised £3million for children's and cancer charities nationwide. Through this event they hope to get one step closer to their new fundraising target of £5million. During their trip the Istanbul to Leeds team will be carrying 3 Iridium 9555’s provided by Global Telesat Communications to use in case of emergency when travelling through areas where traditional communications infrastructure does not exist.  Offering voice, fax and data services this sat phone is great for those needing to keep in touch frequently or just for emergency purposes - but we do hope that no emergency calls will be needed for the cyclists! Wishing the team the best of luck... Find out more about their journey: www.istanbultoleeds.co.uk Members of the team cycling from Istanbul to Leeds to raise funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal

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  • Using Iridium and Thuraya Satellite Phones for Data Connection

    For those who frequently require internet connection in remote locations using a satellite terminal on the Inmarsat BGAN satellite network is a good choice with their portable terminals, fast data speeds and very reliable service. But what about those who will only occasionally want to use a data connection while in remote locations? It is little known that satellite phones can also provide data services.  Although the speed will not be as fast as Inmarsat BGAN, if you only require need data services every now and then, a satellite phone will suffice and will be a much cheaper alternative to BGAN. Iridium & Thuraya Satellite Phones for Data Connection Every Iridium and Thuraya sat phone that we stock is capable of sending emails directly from the phone. The Thuraya SG-2520 even has an in-built browser meaning you don’t need to connect to your laptop to use the internet. Iridium offers a data speed of 9.6kbps and each Iridium 9555 comes with a USB cable to connect to your laptop making data connections with your sat phone very simple. Thuraya’s basic data service offers speeds of up to 9.6kbps.  However, their GmPRS service offers enhanced speeds of up to 60kbps (downlink) at an additional fee. Therefore, this makes data connections with your satellite phone more viable. With GmPRS you are charged by the volume of data you send and receive rather than the duration of the data call (as is the case with Thuraya’s basic data service).  Uplink speeds are available at up to 15kbps.  The GmPRS service is available on both Pay Monthly and Pre-Paid data SIM cards. As with Iridium phones, all Thuraya phones come with the data cables. These are required to set-up your data connection quickly and easily. So if you need to send and receive emails or browse the web while on the move a satellite phone could be just what you need.  For more information about the best Satellite Phone or Satellite Terminal, contact us with your questions. Contact Us Email: info@gtc.co.uk Phone: +44 1202 801290

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  • Post-Paid or Pre-Paid Satellite Airtime?

    Untitled Document Just like mobile phones, when it comes to choosing airtime for satellite phones there are two options – post-paid and pre-paid airtime.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both options but we aim to give you all the facts you need to make an informed decision to ensure you choose the most cost effective and best suited airtime option for your requirements. Post-Paid Contracts Satellite airtime contracts are available on the Iridium, Thuraya, Globalstar and Inmarsat satellite networks.  If you are willing to sign up to the commitment of a 12 month minimum contract there can be many benefits to post-paid satellite airtime.  Unlike pre-paid airtime you do not have to worry about minutes or SIM cards expiring – you will be able to use your SIM for as long as you keep the contract running after the minimum period.  You can also benefit from cheaper call costs with a contract which is great if you will regularly be using your sat phone and unlike pre-paid airtime you are only paying for the minutes as and when you use them.  Detailed call records are available with post-paid airtime contracts and are sent with your invoice on a monthly basis – this is something that is not usually done with pre-paid airtime. Pre-Paid Vouchers Pre-paid vouchers have the benefit of no monthly fees or minimum contracts.  However, you are paying upfront for your minutes so make sure you choose a quantity of minutes most suited to your usage.  This is because with Thuraya and Iridium prepaid options all airtime vouchers have an expiry date or validity period which will start from the date you add them to your SIM card.  So if you don't use your minutes, you lose them. This means you need to keep track of when airtime is expiring so that you don’t get caught out when you need to use your satellite phone although most providers will send you reminders before airtime expires. Although it is possible to top-up your satellite airtime online, as most sat phones are used in remote locations it is useful to make arrangements with your service provider before you leave on remote trips as to how you will give payment for any top-ups you might require along the way. With both post-paid and pre-paid satellite airtime you get free incoming calls and text messages making it easy to stay in contact with friends, family and colleagues back home via your sat phone. The world of satellite airtime can be confusing with various tariffs, plan validities and units per minute available.  The main question to ask yourself when choosing your airtime is how often you will be using your sat phone. We are happy to discuss the best satellite airtime option for you, please contact us.   Post-Paid Contracts Pre-Paid Vouchers Advantages Low cost/minute, no need for top-ups Flexible, no contract or activation fees Disadvantages 12 month minimum contract Have to keep track of when minutes are expiring.  Lose unused minute if let them expire. Networks available Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya, Globalstar Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya, Globalstar Payment Invoiced monthly Payable in advance Calls charged in $/min Units Best for Regular usage Emergency or short-term use  

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  • Test Your Satellite Phone Week

    During 23-29 May 2010 Iridium will run its fourth annual “Test Your Satellite Phone” Week.  Some satellite phones are used for emergencies only and so are not regularly tested.  To avoid problems when you need the phone at that critical moment Iridium advise you to complete a call to their free number (00-1-480-752-5105) from your Iridium sat phone.  Callers will hear a recorded voice message confirming they completed the call successfully and offering refresher tips for using the phones. Sat phone users subscribed to networks other than Iridium can also use this procedure but they may be charged for the call. For more information visit www.testyoursatellitephone.com.

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  • Need a satellite phone for the short-term only? Why not consider a sat phone rental?

    As we enter summer people start to enjoy the weather and get out and about by climbing, sailing, mountaineering and fishing more often.  However, many of these activities can mean venturing into the unknown where there is no mobile phone coverage and in case of emergency it is essential that adventurers have means of communication.  This is where a satellite phone would come in handy but if you only need it for a couple of months a year is it worth the investment?  With sat phones ranging from £420 - £999 plus airtime charges it may be that satellite phone rental is a more viable option.  Starting from just £140 a month sat phone rental allows you to stay in touch without the investment a sat phone purchase brings. For coverage in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East and Australia consider Thuraya or Iridium.  However, if you need to use a sat phone outside these areas Iridium is the only provider to meet your requirements.  See network coverage maps for more information. The Once you have decided where you need to use the sat phone consider whether you need to hire any sat phone accessories.  Good sat phone rental providers can offer normal mains chargers, solar chargers and additional batteries as well as hands-free and data kits. Most providers work on the basis that you pay a refundable deposit upon booking your satellite phone rental.  Any airtime charges you incur will then be deducted from this deposit upon return of the phone and accessories in good condition. At Global Telesat Communications we offer the newest satellite phone handsets for rental – the Iridium 9555, Thuraya XT and Thuraya SO-2510.  We will shortly be adding the new Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro to our rental stock which provides global coverage.  Satellite phones are available for next day delivery and we can provide frequent traffic updates so you can keep track of your spending.  We also offer basic airtime plans for rentals with emergency use in mind only or plans with inclusive minutes for those who know they will be frequently using the sat phone.  For more information please contact us or visit our satellite rentals page.

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  • Satellite Internet Access Using Satellite Terminals

    If you’re looking to purchase a satellite broadband terminal but don’t know where to start, our blog is here to help.  There are many factors to take into account when considering a satellite terminal.   The main use of a satellite terminal is to allow connection to the internet at broadband speeds from virtually anywhere in the world.  As most terminals are no larger than a laptop they can be transported easily and are therefore ideal for people requiring internet connectivity while travelling in remote locations. Some terminals offer voice capability through a telephone handset which means they can also be used to make satellite phone calls.   There are two main networks to choose from when considering a satellite terminal; Inmarsat BGAN and Thuraya. Most terminals currently available work on the near-global Inmarsat BGAN network and offer data rates of between 384 kbps to 492 kbps. Some terminals, such as the Thrane & Thrane Explorer 700, allow simultaneous multi-user access to the internet but most users will find the Thrane & Thrane 300 or Wideye Sabre 1 BGAN terminals more than adequate as they are small, light and cheaper than the multi-user models.   The Inmarsat BGAN network covers everywhere in the world from 72 degrees north to 72 degrees south. This means that the only place the network is not available is in the poles. If you are interested in purchasing a BGAN terminal please look at our Inmarsat BGAN terminal page to see the range of Inmarsat BGAN terminals currently available.   Inmarsat   The alternative network to consider is Thuraya. Thuraya offer just one terminal, the Thuraya IP, which is a small and light terminal capable of a data rate of up to 444 kbps. The Thuraya network covers two thirds of the globe consisting of most of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. If you are interested in purchasing a Thuraya terminal please look at our Thuraya terminal page to see more information on the Thuraya IP terminal.   If you’re still not sure about the Inmarsat and Thuraya coverage why not have a look at our coverage page to double check that the Inmarsat or Thuraya terminal will work where you are going.   Once you have chosen the satellite broadband terminal most suitable for your requirements you will need to buy airtime to use with the terminal. If you do not need global coverage and will be travelling within the Thuraya network coverage area you may find that some of their airtime options can work out better value for money than BGAN. Thuraya offer post-paid plans which include a set amount of data that you can transfer each month without incurring any additional charge. Once this amount is exceeded you will be charged at a standard rate for your usage.   If you need to use your terminal outside the Thuraya network area then an Inmarsat BGAN terminal is the best option for you. Although this can work out a little bit more expensive in some situations, you will have the peace of mind knowing that, unlike Thuraya IP, the terminal offers near-global coverage. With BGAN you have the option of buying post-paid or pre-paid airtime. Post-paid airtime involves a monthly fee and a minimum contract term and is suitable for someone who is going to use an unknown amount of airtime over a long period of time. Prepaid airtime is more suitable for short term users who know in advance the rough amount of data they will be transferring. Once this data has been transferred you will not be able to use your terminal until you top it up with extra credit.   Once you have made a decision on what you think best suits your needs then why not get in contact with us to ask any final questions.

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  • Introducing the new Iridium Pre-Paid 750 Minute SIM Card

    Iridium have launched a new pre-paid voucher to cater for high-use seasonal customers. During the summer months sat phone usage increases as users in the tourist and leisure industries start to use sat phones for emergency purposes while partaking in outdoor activities. This voucher is ideal for these customers as it has a six month validity to cover satellite phone usage until the autumn.  Furthermore there are no coverage restrictions so users can take advantage of Iridium's global coverage. The Iridium 750 minute voucher offers a call cost of 63p per minute to landlines or mobile phones and a cost of just 31p per minute to Iridium phones - these prices are cheaper than the cost per minute with an Iridium contract without the 12 month commitment. Iridium Please note that you cannot add extra validity or credit to the 750 minute SIM card and it is only available on a new Iridium SIM card. The Iridium pre-paid voucher is available to purchase online now for next day delivery from Global Telesat Communications.

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  • Inmarsat prepares for the launch of the new IsatPhone Pro satellite phone

    IsatPhone Pro Inmarsat have made the first phone call from their new IsatPhone Pro – a satellite phone which will be launched to coincide with the global expansion of their Inmarsat SPS (Satellite Phone Service) in June 2010.  The IsatPhone Pro will improve on the original IsatPhone with new features such as Bluetooth for hands free use and improved battery life. Not only is the launch of the IsatPhone Pro a significant milestone for Inmarsat, it will alter the satellite communications industry as a whole.  Currently Iridium is the only provider of global satellite phone services and consequently equipment and airtime is priced higher than other providers such as Thuraya and the current Inmarsat SPS service.  It will be interesting to see how this increased competition in global satellite voice services will affect prices – it could be that increased competition leads to a fall in prices making satellite communications even more accessible to customers. The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro will be available from Global Telesat Communications in June 2010.  Due to the anticipated high demand please register your interest to ensure early delivery.

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  • Thuraya GPS Navigation

    It is well known that Thuraya phones are brilliant for helping you to keep in touch in remote locations through voice and data services.  A lesser known feature of the Thuraya phones is their ability to store and transmit geographical co-ordinates by GPS. Thuraya GPS Navigation With the Thuraya GPS navigation feature, you are able to locate your position anytime, anywhere within the Thuraya coverage area or compatible GSM coverage area.  Once you have acquired the co-ordinates you can: Save co-ordinates on your Thuraya phone for later reference. Send co-ordinates by SMS to another phone. Send co-ordinates by SMS to the ThurayaLocate service. The ThurayaLocate service is offered free of charge by Thuraya with UK based location and risk management experts Geonix.  Simply register for a free account and you will then be prompted to enter the Thuraya phone number of the device you wish to track. Interestingly, you can set up as many devices on the account as you like! Once you have set-up the account you can then view the co-ordinates you acquire from your Thuraya handset on the ThurayaLocate website. An example of co-ordinate information shown on the ThurayaLocate website How do I send my co-ordinates to ThurayaLocate? You acquire your co-ordinates through the Navigation menu of your handset.  You can either choose to transmit your current position or historical positions you have saved as waypoints. Once you have selected the waypoint then choose “Send via SMS” from the menu Send to +278388918342 (dedicated ThurayaLocate number) and your co-ordinates will instantly show up on your ThurayaLocate account map.  Date and time information is also transmitted. Did you know? The ThurayaLocate service will also work when you are roaming on GSM networks and the only cost the user will incur in either satellite or GSM mode is the cost of the SMS to ThurayaLocate – this will vary depending on your airtime plan, please check before using if you are unsure. ThurayaLocate is especially useful for users travelling in remote locations. Simply share your log-in details with family and friends and they will be able to keep up to date with your journey progress. Contact Us For more information, please contact us.

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