Phone Rentals

A sat phone rental allows travelers to stay connected in the most remote regions of the world.  All satellite phone rentals include voicemail, free incoming calls, free incoming text messages and a complete accessory kit.

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What is a Satellite Phone?
A satellite phone is primarily used to make calls or send short messages from global locations that are devoid of cell phone connectivity. For example, having a satellite phone in Canada could be a lifesaving device if you’re heading deep into the Yukon or Ontario wilderness, or you plan to visit a country with poor infrastructure and no cellular coverage.

Satellite phones (sat phone, terminal, satellite cell phone) are mobile communication devices that connect to massive satellites positioned in the sky to transmit signals without depending on ground-based systems.

A sat phone has standard phone capabilities but are bigger and heavier than a cell phone. They don’t offer smart high-end UX and front-end interface features like your smartphone, but technology is advancing and so is the design of satellite phones.  

Satellite Phone Providers
Iridium, Inmarsat, and Thuraya are the key players in the satellite communications industry and their satellites use different technology configurations, namely Geosynchronous satellites (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems covering different locations with signal connections that behave differently.

Rent or Buy?
You’re forgiven for assuming sat phones are unaffordable unless you own a helicopter, but while they may add more to the price tag than a normal smartphone, there are many cost-effective alternatives for a satellite phone rental or purchase. Canada Satellite has varied satellite phone rental prices that depend on the type of handset, duration between 7 – 365 days, and additional airtime requirements.

While satellite telephony is more expensive, additional airtime can be purchased in bundles to avoid incurring a sky-high phone bill unnecessarily.

Renting a Satellite Phone
If the odd occasion ever arises where you need a sat phone, you won’t need to buy one to use one. A satellite phone rental is economically practical for infrequent and rare use.

When selecting a satellite phone rental, consider the location you’ll be visiting and which areas the satellite providers cover. Canada Satellite has several rental offers suited to travel to any place on earth.

Consider Coverage
If you’re going East, the Thuraya XT Lite Satellite Phone is a light-weight handset with perfect coverage over Singapore, northern Australia and the east coast of Africa.

For guaranteed 100% coverage over Canada and Alaska, the Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone Rental offers free minutes and calls for selected packages.

This satellite phone is offered as a rental with easier portability, an improved user interface and communication capabilities. Durable, and water and shock-resistant, this device is a reliable choice for extreme circumstances. A 100% global coverage option is also available providing global satellite communications over vast oceans, remote areas and the Poles.

Know the Difference
Being armed with basic satellite phone knowledge helps clarify assumptions, expectations and limitations to avoid unwelcome surprises in a time of emergency, especially if you’re a first-time user. While sat phones work at their best with a clear straight view with the sky, they also work under cloud cover or inside a building. Satellite phones also don’t rely on ground power so they are unaffected by power outages.

Category Questions

We recommend reserving your equipment as soon as you know your travel dates. Choose your start date at least 1-2 full business days prior to your departure excluding weekends and holidays to allow for any delivery delays. This will also allow us to 'overnight' a phone last minute if necessary (where available).

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We offer standard shipping on all Iridium satellite phone rentals anywhere in Canada via Fedex Ground or Canada Post.  All rentals require a signature confirmation on delivery.

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We offer overnight shipping via Fedex Express and Canada Post Priority Courier.

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The 9575 is smaller, lighter and has been designed to military grade specifications for durability. This phone also provides a GPS component which can be integrated with an LBS portal for online tracking and monitoring. The most noticeable difference is the Programmable SOS Button. This red button is located on the top of the phone, under a protective cover. By removing the cover and pressing the red button you can send your location information to your designated contact in the event of an emergency.

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Yes, but you will need some additional accessories.  We have a short video below.  

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Satellite phones can be used for accessing the internet and email, however, this is typically complex with lots of limitations, and the speeds are unbearably slow at 2.4 - 60 kbps, best case scenario.  A great alternative is a portable internet device, which is designed to surf the web.  The Inmarsat Isavi is a great entry level choice, while a BGAN terminal can be used for business.  

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