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Founded 40 years ago to provide a communications network for mariners out at sea, Inmarsat has since become a global satellite operator and industry leader that built the Inmarsat satellite system.

Through constant innovation, Inmarsat’s satellite devices keep getting better and smarter like the new-generation IsatPhone 2 satellite phone that brings extensive voice and data capabilities. There are various data plans available and a wide selection of different accessories that support Inmarsat’s satellite phones.

Inmarsat IsatPhones
Providing global coverage (excluding the Poles), Inmarsat connects people, business, governments, and humanitarian efforts across all corners of the globe. Inmarsat’s next generation of satellites are the first to support L-band and Ka-band services to increase connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), voice calls and data communication.

The leading mobile devices are the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro and the latest IsatPhone 2 satellite phone. The IsatPhone 2 came after the Pro with similar but enhanced features such as improved shock resistance, battery life, and improved protection against the elements, better communication quality and extended compatibility with Windows.

IsatPhone Pro
The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro is a popular, durable and user-friendly satellite phone. Lighter but slightly bigger than the IsatPhone 2, the Pro offers satellite telephony features with a 2.4kbps voice codec. It comes with all the standard voice calling features such as voicemail, caller ID, call waiting/divert/barring/holding, and conferencing.

The sat phone interfaces with Micro USB, audio, antenna and Bluetooth. You can choose from several post- or prepaid data plans to access Internet and email services. The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro price usually extends beyond $600 depending on which package and accessories are included.

IsatPhone 2
The IsatPhone 2 satellite phone is a solid, robust phone that’s built to handle all types of severe weather conditions and climate temperatures. Network registration is fast, and it boasts an 8-hour talk time battery life with up to 160 hours on standby. With superior voice quality and call stability, the IsatPhone 2 is one of the most reliable satellite phones on the market today.

Includes location services, tracking and assistance, and share GPS co-ordinates.
Pay monthly to receive free worldwide emergency assistance from the GEOS’ 24/7 emergency response center.

Inmarsat Fleetphones
The range of Inmarsat’s Fleetphones focuses on providing a cost-effective maritime satellite phone service when vessels are far from the reach of land-based networks. This is a fixed solution for voice communication. Inmarsat’s two Fleetphone ranges are manufactured by Beam Communications:

  1. The Oceana 400 for voice and text communication.
  2. The Ocean 800 for voice, text, and basic data communications.

Multi-user Capability
The sat phone interface allows integrating with up to 5 phones on the PABX system.  Several features offer big advantages with connectivity and emergency response. Inmarsat’s Oceana 800 includes a 505 Emergency Calling facility to find the closest sea rescue.

The terminal has built-in GPS tracking and voice calling is crystal clear whether to land, mobile or satellite networks. Other useful features include Crew Welfare Chat, Internet and intranet access, and weather forecasts.

Category Questions

The one truly global handset is Iridium. The 9555 & 9575 are stand alone units while the Iridium GO! pairs via blue tooth with your cellular phone. 

These options fall under Iridium's global network of 66 low earth orbiting satellite that spend about 11 minutes overhead and then hand off to the next satellite providing coverage in your area.

The Inmarsat handset the ISAT2 is a popular handset that while fantastic for a large portion of the planet fails around the Arctic and Antarctic circles. It is also easier to lose connectivity due to requiring line of sight to a satellite over the equator. 

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Prepaid SIM's are shipped inactive and the customer chooses when to activate by submitting a request online. The validity starts from that date. Our sim's are usually active within minutes of the customer request through our online portal. 

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You can not call 911 directly on the Inmarsat phone. The unit does have an 'Emergency SOS' button that is pre-programmable. You can set it up to call someone, send an alert via text or email message and the prime usage is to register yourself with  GEOS, a global rescue service and they will get the message and immediately alert authorities. The 911 Service is provided by a private company who will then alert authorities in your area. This is the US and Canada only. 

This servie applies to Iridium handsets 9505, 9505A, 9575, 9575N, 9555 & 9555N as well.  

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The Inmarsat handset is not recomeneded for that northern of a latitude. This is due to a lack of global coverage and the low look angle of the satellites which are postitioned over the equator. This positioning results in a weaker signal the further you go from the Equator. 

 We recommened the Iridium Network for that location as the satellites are orbiting overhead and provide global coverage from pole to pole.

 The Iridium handset 9575 or 9555 are the standard handsets for the Iridium network. The 9575 is more durable handset, it includes GPS which allows you to send your location immediately in the event of an emergency. It is the trusted handset used by the first responders everywhere as well as US & Canadian Military a NATO & countries. 

The 9555 handset while not as durable and lacking GPS is a very popular handset as well. 

If our lives depended on it we would always choose Iridium. 

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The psuedo country code for Iridium phones is 8816, Inmarsat is 8788. It is an international formated dialing pattern and if you call the sat phone from a conventional line you will be billed for international calling. The location of the handset at the time of the call is not a  determining factor. 

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In northern Quebec, the Iridium is a much safer choice.  You will have 66 satellites instead of 1.  Depending on how many minutes you use per month, the Northern Lights plan might be the more economical choice. 


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