Satellite Phone and Satellite Terminal Rental Guide

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Do you have a short-term requirement for a satellite device? Our Rental Service offers a wide range of Satellite Devices, starting from £4 a day. 



Which Satellite Phones do we offer for rental?

Which Satellite Trackers do we offer for rental?

Rental vs Purchase

Do I need to rent a satellite phone, terminal or hotspot?

Which network will suit me best?

What accessories do your satellite rentals include?

Ready to order your satellite phone rental?

Terms and Conditions



Which Satellite Phones do we offer for rental?

Our Satellite Phone rentals start from £6 a day with NO Rental Deposit required! Please note, airtime can be purchased prior to the start of your rental or usage billed at the end of your rental.

All Satellite Phone rentals are available for Next Day Delivery, however we recommend that you book your rental in at least 1 week in advance, especially during peak periods. 


Iridium Satellite Phones

The Iridium 9555 and Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phones offer global Voice and SMS capabilities via the Iridium Network. The Iridium 9575 allows provides SOS functions as well as GPS tracking for users. 

Our Iridium Satellite Phone rentals include accessories such as: Peli case, AC & DC Charger, 2 x Batteries, USB Data Cable, Magnetic Mount Antenna



Inmarsat Satellite Phones

The Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 offers near global Voice and SMS capabilities via the Inmarsat network. Also, this handset provides GPS tracking and SOS functions for users. 

Our Inmarsat Satellite Phone rental includes accessories such as: Peli case, AC & DC charger, 2 x Batteries, USB Data Cable



Thuraya Satellite Phones 

The Thuraya XT-LITE, Thuraya X5 Touch and Thuraya SatSleeve+ offer Voice and SMS capabilities across Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Australia. The Thuraya X5 Touch also provides low-speed data capabilities allowing users to access third party apps. 

Our Thuraya Satellite Phone rentals include accessories such as: Peli case, AC & DC charger, 2 x Batteries, USB Data Cable






Which Satellite Trackers do we offer for rental?


Garmin inReach Trackers

The Garmin inReach Explorer+ and Garmin inReach Mini offer global GPS tracking, two-way SMS messaging and SOS functions.

View the Garmin inReach coverage via the Irdium network >

Our Garmin inReach tracker rentals all come with the required accessories. 


SPOT Trackers

The SPOT Gen 3 and SPOT X offer near global tracking, messaging and SOS functions. The SPOT X offers custom two-way messaging via SMS or email. 

View SPOT Coverage >

Our SPOT tracker rentals all come with the required accessories. 





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Rental vs Purchase

Most often satellite technology is used for emergency purposes, or keeping in touch while in remote locations with little to no standard phone reception. If you only venture into such areas occasionally or even just a one-off trip, then it can be impractical to buy a phone outright and set up all the necessary contracts or arrange for top-ups.

Satellite phones range in price from £302* to £963* and terminals can be upwards of £4,000* with airtime costs in addition. As a result, for short-term or infrequent usage, many users find that our rental services offer the best value for money, particularly as they are the only way to obtain a true “pay as you go” service, where you only pay for the airtime that you use.

Alternatively, if you do have a regular need to have an emergency lifeline, or frequently travel into isolated locations, purchasing a satellite phone can be worthwhile in the long-run. The price of satellite technology has fallen significantly in recent years meaning that it can quickly pay for itself if you use it several months of the year.

Airtime options have become more flexible with the Thuraya network offering a pre-paid SIM with 20 units and two years validity, which means you can purchase airtime without going onto a contract, but also without having to pay out excessively for higher airtime amounts to get the corresponding longer validity. Equally, some networks now offer “emergency only” style plans, where you are only paying to keep the line.



Do I need to rent a satellite phone, terminal or hotspot?

If you do wish to rent from us, then you will need to decide what device would be best for you. This naturally will depend on what your key requirements are.

If you need equipment for:

  • Making voice calls
  • Keeping in touch with family/the office
  • Emergency lifeline in a remote location

Then a satellite phone would be best, as they are less bulky and the time from powering on, to dialling, to call connecting is faster than the same on a terminal or hotspot (though terminals and hotspots can also make calls). The rental cost is also lower, so they are more suitable if voice is your key concern.

If you need equipment for:

  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Sending and receiving data
  • Web browsing capabilities

While satellite phones can technically create and operate a data connection, the speed is incredibly slow and they can only retrieve very small files, so in practical terms, they are only good for the sending and receiving of GRIB weather data files. Terminals and hotspots on the other hand are able to facilitate the sending and receiving of emails, as well as some web browsing.** Our rental satellite terminal offers speeds of up to 492 kbps and up to 128 kbps for streaming IP used for live video transmission.


Please note that even our highest speed terminal will not be able to match basic broadband speeds one might experience on their home computer; please do not rent or purchase a satellite terminal with a view to replacing your own broadband service unless there is no internet service available in the area you intend to use it in, as data costs can run very high if left unchecked. 



What satellite network will suit me best?

Currently Iridium is the only truly global network, offering 100% worldwide coverage. Inmarsat comes close, with near global coverage excluding the poles. We also recommend Iridium over Inmarsat if you intend to make an Atlantic crossing, as Inmarsat’s satellites have weaker coverage mid-Atlantic, as it is the crossover point of two of their satellites’ network areas.

Thuraya offers a reliable coverage over Europe, Central Africa and large parts of Southern Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia as well as Australia.

Globalstar offers voice coverage over most land covered areas across the globe and has the best voice quality, plus fast connection to the satellite network, as it has the most modern satellite constellation, making it an ideal network for UK/Europe customers.

Take a look at our coverage maps for more detailed information.


 Rental Terms and Conditions

Prior to taking out the rental of our Satellite devices, please read the Terms and Conditions.



Ready to order your satellite phone rental?

Ready to order? Order online today or call us on 0800 112 3919 to discuss your requirements.

*prices ex VAT

**Inmarsat/Cobham devices only

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