communication during war times

during war, is satellite phones the best way for people to be in touch? do you need license to use or anyone can use or buy at will?

are there better options?
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I might use pencil and paper.
Slip a taxi driver my note to the nearest Embassy of any country.
They can't be that far from Jerusalem in such a small country.
Give him a few dollars for his trouble.
Promise him another gift, when you know he has gotten your message to the Embassy.
Satellite phones:  
   You need money.  
   You don't need any particular license, but you will need valid identification.
   You should not have any great expectation of privacy.

   Although the reliability of the technology is very high, it is also subject to high levels
  of government scrutiny and potential censorship/intervention.
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
What happens if the satellites are shot down?

I prefer two cans and a string myself. Granted international calls require a really long string  :-P

Not having lived through an actual war (first hand), I would think that most any communication can be disrupted. Phone lines can be cut. Cell phone towers destroyed. Internet relays obliviated. Couriers killed. etc. etc. I would expect that the most reliable form of communication during such a time is going to depend entirely on the circumstance of the instant.
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CB's would probably be the best technology in a war in my opinion.
To first order, the only nations with the capability to shoot down satellites are the mature nations that have been putting them up for the past 50 years.  They are also the only nations that are capable of running sat phone networks.  It they go to war, communication will be the least of our problems.

As kaufmed says, in times of war any communication network may be shut down.

You really need to specify the requirements, at least for yourself.  Where are you, and
who might be on opposite sides in the war there?

In other sorts of crises, the sat phones should stay alive.  US sat phones do have a
variety of export restrictions.

Amateur radio (with world wide reach and modest learning curve and licensing requirements) would be another option.

no matter what communication option you choose, you will need to provide electrical
power.  Batteries and generator fuel may not be easy to find.
Sending an encrypted signal over a shortwave or HAM radio might be a good option. The range is greater than CB but you might need a license to get one.
It's actually illegal to send an encrypted signal via HAM radio.
I don't know the rules for CB.
Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
Would they worry about legality if there's a war going on?
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If you don't have to rely on the HAM radio network, you don't have to abide by its rules.

But if the recipient of your message is out of range, but reachable, HAM radio (ARES) will get
a message through.  But it may require several links, and they will not retransmit an
encrypted message.
So send it unencrypted but use some kind of code.
The war on terror, is a war of sorts.
Bin Laden and his followings used cheap laptops, cell phones, and e-mails and text messaging.
Simple technology for a complicated war.
25112Author Commented:
Thanks all..

>>specify the requirements, at least for yourself.

scenario is below..

location: Jerusalem
hypothetical situation: Iran has nuked the country in a small scale.. no getting out..
need to communicate with either as long as Canada/UK or as close as Jordon/Dubai.
I'd use a cell phone with texting, or a mini notepad.

There have been people captured and held hostage and they still get word back home.
Most of the time the captors do it but sometimes the person held, can get a word out to someone.

I'd try to call the US or Canadian or UK Embassy in Isreal by cell phone,

or a message to them through a paid taxi driver.

Unless I had some kind of wireless internet, a note pad won't work.

If I am ever in that scenario, I'll be calling you for help, so keep your phone on. (ha ha)
25112Author Commented:
thanks for the funny and creative idea, Nick.

thanks all-
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