Satellite Phone and Satellite Terminal Rental Guide
If you have a short-term requirement for a satellite device, or just don’t want to have to worry about airtime, our rental service could be for you. Rental rates starting at £4* per day and we have a wide variety of phones, terminals, and Wi-Fi hotspots on offer.
Which satellite phones and terminals do we offer for rental?
All devices are available for next day delivery from £10.50* and can provide traffic updates upon request** so you can manage your usage. Our rental range includes:
Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro
Inmarsat IsatPhone 2
Cobham Explorer 510
Cobham Explorer 710
Inmarsat IsatHub (Isavi)
If you are unsure of what model is for you or need any other advice before booking please call us on 0800 112 3919 to discuss your requirements.
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.
What accessories do your satellite rentals include?
All of our satellite phone rentals are delivered in a durable Peli 1200 case with a mains charger, a car charger, a data cable and a spare battery. Our satellite terminals and Wi-Fi hotspots include an AC charger and a USB cable. The terminals and Iridium GO! also include a DC charger or adapter.
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, Iridium, and Thuraya services only
***Inmarsat/Cobham devices only