Fixed Satellite Phone Buying Guide

At Global Telesat Communications we sell a range of fixed satellite phones which can be used for voice communications at sea, in remote work locations, villages, areas affected by natural disasters or anywhere with no GSM coverage.

If you're looking to purchase a fixed satellite phone but don't know where to start, our buying guide is here to help. The following information is designed to help you pick the right fixed satellite phone for your requirements.

If you need assistance before making a purchase please call us on 0800 112 3919 to discuss your requirements.


What can I use a fixed satellite phone for?

Unlike portable satellite phones which can be easily transported to various locations and are appropriate for individual users, fixed satellite phones are intended to be used in more permanent locations for multiple users.

Fixed satellite phones can:

  • serve as a village phone for rural communities
  • serve as a temporary fixed phone for welfare calling
  • provide remote site offices with voice connectivity
  • serve as back up to primary communications across a range of market sectors
  • be used on ocean-going vessels such as fishing boats, cargo ships or ferries

Their compact design means that they can be easily transported to remote locations and set up without technical expertise.


Which satellite network is best?

The Inmarsat network has near global coverage and a network availability of 99.9% ensuring that you can rely on voice connectivity whenever you need it. Globalstar offers voice coverage over most land covered areas across the globe and now have the world's most modern satellite communications network offering high reliability and service quality.


Which fixed satellite phone best suits your needs?

There are five fixed satellite phones to choose from, all working off the highly reliable Inmarsat or Globalstar networks. The one most suitable for you will vary depending on whether you need to use it on land or at sea, whether you require a privacy handset and whether you need GPS tracking capabilities. All fixed satellite phones have the same voice and data capabilities.

The Inmarsat FleetPhone Service is for maritime based applications and consists of two terminal options: Oceana 400, and Oceana 800. The IsatLink Phone Service is for land based applications and consists of two terminal options: Terra 400, and Terra 800


What's best - Pay-As-You-Go or Pay Monthly Airtime?

Once you have chosen the most appropriate fixed satellite phone for your requirements you will need to decide how to purchase airtime to use with your phone. The Inmarsat and Globalstar networks offer pay-as-you-go and pay monthly airtime options:

  • Pay-as-you-go airtime allows you to buy a specified amount of satellite phone voice minutes and once this has been used or expires 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.
  • If you plan to use your fixed satellite phone regularly throughout the year and do not want to worry about expiry dates or the 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.
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