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  • Government of India Reiterate Guidelines for Tourists and Satellite Phones

    The Government of India have reiterated their guidelines for tourists planning to take satellite phones to India.

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  • Help us make a difference this Christmas

    Help us make a difference this Christmas.  For every new like we get on our Facebook and Twitter pages before 31 December we will donate £1 to Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF)/Telecom Without Borders.* A woman affected by the 2013 Earthquake in the Philippines makes a call using an IsatPhone Pro. Picture copyright TSF The idea for TSF was the result of a simple observation made after many years of experience with general humanitarian charities, based on listening to those in need. During missions responding to the crisis in the Balkans and in Kurdistan during the 1st Gulf War, TSF’s founders realised that, in addition to medical and food aid, there was a critical need for reliable emergency telecomms services.  Conflicts and emergencies often led to massive civilian displacement and separated families. And affected populations are often left with no communications infrastructure in place to find assistance and loved ones. TSF use satellite communications equipment such as Inmarsat BGAN, Inmarsat GSPS and Iridium to allow families affected by disaster 3 minutes to make important calls. You can find out more about TSF at http://www.tsfi.org/ As of 23rd December 2014 we have 957 Facebook fans and 531 followers on Twitter.  Let's get those numbers up! * Donation will be made w/c 5th Jan 2015 up to the value of £500.

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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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  • Tour de France Selects Globalstar Satellite Phones to Stay in Touch

    The agreement for the supply of satellite phones for the Tour de France was spearheaded by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) , a leading provider of satellite communications solutions, and a key Globalstar distribution partner. Organisers of the world’s greatest bicycle road race choose Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phones 100 handsets to provide vital support for ground operations in the UK Tour de France team taking advantage of Globalstar’s flexible airtime options Dublin, Ireland – 3rd July, 2014 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.,a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT), today announced that Tour de France organisers have selected Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone for their communications across the UK leg of the world’s most prestigious bicycle road race. The organising committee will be using 100 of Globalstar’s flagship satellite phone, the GSP-1700, to provide clear and reliable communications across the UK Stage 3 leg of the race – a new part of the Tour introduced for 2014.  These will be used by members of the organising team, as well as by support and emergency crew. Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite Phone Taking place Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2014, the 101st Tour de France consists of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 kilometres. For the first time, the race begins in Yorkshire in the UK, with Stage 1 travelling from Leeds to Harrogate, for a 20th Grand Départ abroad. The race then heads south with London rounding off Stage 3 on July 7th. The Tour de France will also go through Belgium and Spain. Globalstar’s satellite phones were selected for their ability to deliver clear reliable voice and data communications, including in regions where mobile reach is limited or non-existent. The agreement for the supply of satellite phones for the Tour de France was spearheaded by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) , a leading provider of satellite communications solutions, and a key Globalstar distribution partner. GTC Managing Director David Phipps commented: “It is a great honour to be selected as supplier to the Tour de France to supply their mission-critical satellite communications. We’re proud to support such a celebrated event with a world-class satellite solution from Globalstar.” Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing at Globalstar Europe, said: “The Tour de France has to run its operations like clockwork and reliable communications in any location is critical. This is one of the world’s greatest sporting events and we are delighted that our state-of-the-art satellite network and handsets are helping the organisers stay connected.” Globalstar’s flagship GSP-1700 satellite phone is a small lightweight consumer-friendly handset offering the fastest handheld data speeds available in the satcoms space and delivering the best voice quality in the market. Users of Globalstar solutions uniquely benefit from the world’s only second generation satellite network in orbit, offering latency-free crystal clear call quality. In January this year, Globalstar launched its pre-pay service in the European region, the lowest cost pre-paid service in the mobile satellite services (MSS) space. The pre-paid service is available in 10 different card denominations from 50 to 1,000 minutes. Customers who simply want to use the phone for themselves can use personal cards while shared pre-paid cards are for those who share their phone with colleagues or friends. In April, Globalstar launched its “Free Phones For All” campaign, an ambitious rebate programme offering cashback of up to €500 on every new GSP-1700 satellite phone bought with a post-paid contract from participating dealers in EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa). Customers buying the GSP-1700 can effectively have their phone for free while enjoying market-beating high quality voice and data services. About Globalstar, Inc. Globalstar is 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. The company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Globalstar customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. For more information and a list of dealers and retailers, visit www.globalstar.com. For media information please contact: Gavan Murphy Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd. gavan.murphy@globalstar.com Rachel Postlethwaite White Tiger Communications globalstarteam@whitetigercommunications.net +44 (0)7949 883636

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  • What are the running costs of satellite phones?

    Satellite phones have a reputation for being expensive but they can actually be run from as little as £15 a month dependent on network. Find out more...

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  • Introducing pre-paid airtime for Globalstar phones!

    The Globalstar satellite network is one of the most advanced in the world, allowing you to keep in touch across over 80% of the Earth's surface and we are pleased to announce that they have now introduced pay as you go satellite airtime! To celebrate we have created a special introductory offer: Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone with 50 minutes of call time now available for just £260 plus VAT*.  Other packages are available here on our website. Pay as you go airtime can offer a far more practical and cost effective solution if you do not use your satellite phone all year round or you don't want to get tied into long contracts. Starting from just £25.00 ex VAT, we currently offer 5 different Globalstar pre-paid top up options ranging from 50 to 1000 units- each with a different amount of SIM validity attached so there is an option to suit everybody's needs. If you are interested in pre-paid airtime for Globalstar phones then please take a look at our website here.If you don't already have a Globalstar phone we highly recommend the great value handset Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone which costs just £250 ex VAT! It offers the best call quality on the market and now there are new pay as you go options available it really is hard to beat! Buy yours today or learn more by clicking here. Note: Pre-paid service will work ONLY in the current Globalstar Home zone, please check the Globalstar coverage map to see if you will be covered. *Introductory Offer only available for a limited period.

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  • We Offer Great Deals on Post-paid Airtime for Satellite Devices!

    At GTC we work hard to bring our customers the best service possible and this includes offering great deals on airtime. We have a fantastic range of post-paid airtime contracts from leading satellite network providers Globalstar, Thuraya, Inmarsat and Iridium and we have ensured that our contracts are very easy to set up and can all be completed online.We offer a lower calling rate per minute on post-paid contracts than many of our competitors do which means that if you choose to buy your post-paid airtime with GTC you can enjoy savings throughout your entire contract term! The lowest calling rates that we offer are from Globalstar and cost just €0.60/£0.50 per min and our Thuraya rates are almost as low, starting at only $0.80/£0.51 per min on the NOVA plan. Our Inmarsat rates start at just $0.90/£0.57 per min and our Iridium rates start from as little as $0.63/£0.40 per min. Many of our monthly fees are also cheaper than other airtime providers and we are pleased to announce that we have created a great new deal on Thuraya airtime and have lowered the monthly fee from $40/month to $30/month. We do not charge activation fees for any of our Inmarsat post-paid contracts and the majority of our Iridium and Globalstar contracts and this sets us apart from many of our competitors who ask for a $50 start-up fee. We understand that some of our customers will not want to be tied into long contracts and so we have designed our post-paid airtime options to offer flexibility. Most of our post-paid contracts are available with a one month term, as opposed to the minimum one year contracts that most of our competitors offer. Another advantage of our post-paid airtime options is that our customers have access to a simple-to-use database called SatCompass so that they can monitor their airtime traffic usage. Check out our website where you will be able to find more information on all of our post-paid contracts and airtime.

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  • Introducing Our New Trade-In Scheme!

    We are introducing a new trade-in scheme for satellite phones. If you have an old satellite phone that is still in good working condition then simply send it back to us with all of the accessories and trade it in for a brand new one! Trade in your old sat phone for a newer model such as the Thuraya SatSleeve, the revolutionary new product which turns your iPhone 4 into a satellite phone Alternatively, if you do not wish to get a new phone you may elect to receive a cheque payment instead. In this case you will receive the published buy back amount (listed below) less £50. If you are interested please fill out the Trade-In Form and send it back to us at sales@globaltelesat.co.uk The prices for individual handsets are listed below:

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  • New regulations for carrying sat phones into India

    It is now mandatory for inbound travellers to declare if they are carrying a satellite phone into India.  This can be declared in a new column on the immigration card.  Satellite phones can only be used in India after a licence has been acquired from the Department of Telecommunications. This news comes after a British man was arrested earlier this year in India for carrying a satellite phone.  Similar arrests have since occurred involving travellers who were not aware of the laws regarding the use of satellite communications. Global Telesat Communications encourages all customers travelling internationally with their sat phones to check on local regulations before their departure.

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  • Satellite Communications in a Marine Environment

    Being on your boat should not mean that you are alienated from the outside world. Whether it’s staying in touch with the office or simply checking the latest news or weather, satellite communication systems are the simplest and most cost effective way to do so.  Regular mobile phones have limited capabilities at sea, whereas satellite phones provide far better coverage, with many capable of being used worldwide. Not only does this make them perfect for staying in contact with family and friends but also their value in terms of safety is infinite.  In a world that never stops, being connected on the move is more important than ever and thanks to satellite communications from GTC this is easier than ever, even when you’re on a boat. The marine market is flooded with electronics so why should boating enthusiasts spend their hard earned cash on satellite communications?  Perhaps because voice, data, SMS and GPS capabilities (on Thuraya models) are available in one compact handset which can prove vital in case of an emergency.  Satellite phones and broadband terminals can also be used to download essential weather reports or simply just to keep in touch – whether it be for business or pleasure by voice or data. A popular option for many boating enthusiasts is a portable satellite phone allowing them to take their sat phone between vessels and also carry with them when on land.  All handsets from Thuraya, Iridium, Globalstar offer voice and data services while Inmarsat will introduce to data to its Global Satellite Phone Service (GSPS) in 2011.  Furthermore the handsets can send and receive SMS with most satellite operators offering a web facility to send free SMS to a sat phone.  Data connections are easily facilitated by connecting the phones to a laptop via a USB cable which is included with the phone. With sat phone prices starting from £420 for the Thuraya SO-2510, these days a satellite phone is a more affordable option than ever before.  However, it is worth noting that sat phones can only achieve data speeds of up to 9.6 kbps which is slow for anything other than small emails. If significantly higher data speeds or simultaneous voice and data usage is a necessity why not consider a fixed satellite broadband terminal?  There are products available specifically for marine application, some offering data speeds of up to 432kbps – Inmarsat FleetBroadband, Iridium OpenPort and Thuraya Seagull.   However, fixed marine terminals do carry a larger price tag than satellite phones with the cheapest terminal, Iridium OpenPort, offering data speeds of 128 kbps starting from £3,260.00.  Fixed terminals consist of the antenna which should be placed above deck which connects down to a below-deck unit where handsets and laptops are connected for voice and data usage. FleetBroadband   There are also marine docking stations available for satellite phones providing a halfway point between a fixed and portable satellite solution – these accessories allow the sat phone to have a safe fixed docking point on the vessel with an external antenna to boost signal strength but can also easily be unclipped from the docking station for portable use. For satellite phones both pre-paid and post-paid satellite airtime is available offering a range of options to suit different requirements.  Fixed satellite terminals require airtime packages on a post-paid basis although some will not charge a monthly fee meaning lower costs for those who will not be using their equipment regularly throughout the year. There are many different equipment and airtime options available for marine users making satellite communications suitable for all budgets, locations and voice and data requirements.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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