Great news for Iridium customers! Iridium have extended the grace periods on all their pre-paid SIM cards with immediate effect from 90 days to 270 days.
This week GTC customer Ricky Munday will leave his home in Cambridge to begin the almighty challenge of climbing Everest. Find out how he will use his Thuraya sat phone to stay connected.
We were contacted by the crew of the good ship Mollymawk in June 2016 who being unhappy with their current provider were looking for an easier solution. As the Schinas family liveaboard the yacht it was an important decision to make. Here we give you some excerpts from their blog on the decision making process.
Experienced sailor John Williams came back to GTC to upgrade his satellite communications in preparation for his trans-atlantic crossing in November last year. Having used an Iridium phone to cross the Bay of Biscay previously John was ready to research a satellite system of his own.
January often sees an increase in satellite phone rental bookings at GTC as our customers prepare for their year ahead. If your wallet is feeling a little lighter after Christmas take advantage of our rental offer valid for the whole of January.
The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL is the world’s first dual-mode, dual-SIM phone, bridging the gap between satellite and GSM communications. By using both a satellite and a GSM SIM card, you can keep call costs to a minimum yet still enjoy connectivity no matter where you are.
Alex Hibbert is a world record-holding polar traveller who has skied further on an unsupported Arctic journey than anyone in history.
As manufacture of the IsatPhone Pro comes to an end we discuss the future for users of the handsets and alternative sat phones on the market. In 2010, IsatPhone Pro was launched marking Inmarsat's entry into the global handheld satphone market. Now, after four successful years, Inmarsat is announcing the end of production for IsatPhone Pro. Although Inmarsat have stopped manufacturing IsatPhone Pro, GTC currently still hold stock of the handset so please contact us if you wish to place an order. With the end of manufacture of the handset will also come a stop to production of the accessories. We also hold these in stock, please see our range of IsatPhone Pro accessories if you wish to place an order. Inmarsat will continue to provide customer support and firmware upgrades to correct critical issues that may arise with IsatPhone Pro products in the field until further notice. As a reminder, IsatPhone Pro handsets must be upgraded to firmware v 5.3.0 or higher by 30 November 2014 to ensure continuation of service. Visit GTC Support for instructions on how to upgrade your IsatPhone Pro. What are the alternative sat phones on the market? IsatPhone 2 Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 Of course the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 is a great alternative to the IsatPhone Pro - with all the same voice and SMS features the IsatPhone 2 comes with the added bonus of a built in GPS tracker. The GPS tracking can be combined with our GTCTrack mapping to enable detailed monitoring of the user. With global coverage excluding the poles the IsatPhone 2 is a great all in one device for the global traveller. IsatPhone 2 pricing starts from £520 ex VAT. Globalstar GSP-1700 One advantage of the IsatPhone handsets is the affordable cost of airtime and handsets. Looking to other satellite networks Globalstar also offers an excellent value for money sat phone, the GSP-1700. With inclusive plans offering voice and data calls for as little as €0.15 per minute, the lowest handset prices in the market and the only 2nd generation satellite constellation, Globalstar satellite phones are hard to beat. The Globalstar GSP-1700 is great for customers demanding quick connection times, excellent satellite voice quality and fastest low-band data speeds at an affordable and highly competitive price. Globalstar satellite phones were the choice of the organisers of the Tour de France 2014 who used the phones during the UK leg to stay connected. Globalstar sat phone prices start from just £225 ex VAT. Inmarsat's latest product - IsatHub Inmarsat IsatHub For those looking to the latest gadgets the IsatHub is also a great alternative to a satellite phone. Also in the Inmarsat family of products IsatHub is a revolutionary new device which allows you to connect your normal mobile phone or tablet via WiFi in order to make and receive calls, texts and browse the internet via satellite. IsatHub has just been launched and we are one of a few retailers to currently hold stock. Contact us to place an order or see our blog The Inmarsat IsatHub Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot Has Arrived for further information on the device. As always we would like to answer any questions you may have on the end of life of the IsatPhone or any of the products mentioned above.
To wish our customers a Happy New Year we are pleased to announce a 10% discount on all satellite phone rentals ordered before 31 January 2013*. Simply enter discount code JAN2013RENTAL at the checkout! GTC is pleased to offer Iridium, Inmarsat & Thuraya satellite phone rentals for a minimum of just 7 days. All phones come in a rugged Peli case with wall charger, car charger, data cable and spare battery all for just £5 per day. *Please bear in mind that your debit/credit card will be charged for the full amount when you place the order online.
Globalstar Successfully Returns Satellite to Commercial Service - All Launched Second-Generation Satellites Now Providing Commercial Service
Globalstar, Inc., today announced that it has returned to commercial service the satellite affected by the momentum wheel issue. This satellite was originally launched in October 2010 and removed from service in early 2011. As a result, all 18 of Globalstar's launched second-generation satellites are now providing commercial service. Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc., added, "After more than a year of development, Globalstar and Thales Alenia Space completed the software engineering, uploaded and tested the solution, and then successfully returned the affected satellite to commercial service. The solution not only permitted this satellite to return to service but also provides a fix for similar problems that may happen across our constellation. Once again, I would like to thank all the Globalstar and Thales engineers and their respective teams for this collaborative solution." Globalstar is on the threshold of completing the launch and deployment of its new second-generation satellite constellation. Three of four launches consisting of six satellites per launch have been completed with the fourth and final launch of six satellites scheduled for early February of 2013. Once the new constellation is fully deployed, the Company expects to provide the world's finest mobile satellite voice quality and the fastest mobile satellite handset data services at high reliability standards to commercial and government customers in more than 120 countries.