Satellite Phone Buying Guide

MailASail's guide to choosing the right satellite phone system...

Networks Available:

These are the main satellite networks available. Find out more about each one below.

Iridium
Inmarsat
Thuraya
Globalstar

Iridium Coverage:

  • Completely global!

Satellite Phones Available:

Inmarsat Coverage:

  • Global except poles

Satellite Phones Available:

Thuraya Coverage:

  • Europe, North Africa, Middle East

Satellite Phones Available:

Globalstar Coverage:

  • Not global. Mostly Europe, Caribbean

Satellite Phones Available:

Learn more about Iridium satellite phones and costs...

Learn more about Inmarsat satellite phones and costs...

Learn More about Thuraya satellite phones and costs

Learn more about Globalstar satellite phones and costs...

Which Satellite Phone?

We usually advise based on the customers anticipated usage, so please choose from the options below, and see what we recommend...

What do you want to be able to do with the satellite phone?

 Emergency Calls Only
Calls and Email Only
Calls, Email and Internet
Run Your Office





Emergency Calls Only

What does this mean?

Access to satellite telephone calls only
Single user
No email access
No weather forecasts/GRIB files
No web browsing
No video streaming



Calls & Email

What does this mean?

Access to satellite telephone calls
Send and receive 10-20 emails per week
Access to weather forecasts/GRIB files
Single user
No web browsing
No video streaming



Calls, Email & Internet

What does this mean?

Access to satellite telephone calls
Send & receive 100+ emails per week
Access to weather forecasts/GRIB files
Simultaneous Internet access for light web browsing
Possible video streaming
Single/multiple user



Run Your Office

What does this mean?

Access to satellite telephone calls
Send & receive 100+ emails per week
Access to weather forecasts/GRIB files
Simultaneous Internet access for heavier web browsing
Video streaming for conference calls or downloading
Multiple users


Still unsure?

Drop us an email (info@mailasail.com) and tell us a little about your requirements including:

  • Where you expect to sail
  • How important is internet access
  • How long you expect to be travelling

...and we will be happy to give you more specific advice, and a quote for ALL the equipment you will need.

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