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Would any one recomend any light weight satellite phone's?

Would any one recomend any light weight satellite phone's?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Certain cell phone companies like Verizon have International plans that are cheaper then using a satellite phone.
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rescheteAuthor Commented:
Our CEO is going out to africa.  I wasnt sure if cell phones would work the places their going
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You can call your provider and they will tell you if they work out there. Our CEO went to Thailand, Brazil, and other countries with no problem. We did try a global phone through Verizon at one point which was a good solution too. Verizon still has the global phone available which is a satellite phone but they would recommend using your regular phone if possible. Call your cell phone provider before doing anything else. This will be less of a headache and money.
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lherrouCommented:
reschete,

For voice-only, I recommend the Motorola Iridium 9505a. It's small, easy to use, and readily available. And, of the Sat systems I've used (3 of the 4 majors), I've liked Iridium's the best. If you need to move data as well, a different recommendation would be in order. Also, take a look at rental, SatPhone rentals are quite reasonable these days compared to purchase and a plan.

Cheers,
LHerrou
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rescheteAuthor Commented:
has anyone heard of this phone?
http://www.satcomgroup.com/viewproduct.asp?productid=397&categoryid=

I currently allready have the 9505a.  He wants something smaller
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lherrouCommented:
Haven't used that phone. I'd frankly be worried about power, which really counts in any conditions less than optimum. There's no way they can get that level of talk time off a smaller, lighter battery without cutting Tx power.
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JohannRamonCommented:
Hi:

I agree with LHerrou, Motorola Iridium is the way to go.

Johann
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