Forget the smartphone and get yourself a satellite phone that will work anywhere on the planet

Need a phone that will work where your smartphone won't? You need a satellite phone!
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Need to be able to stay in touch when off the grid? A satellite phone is not as expensive as you might think.

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Quite a few people have asked me about satellite phones, and one of the most affordable I've come across is the BlueCosmo Inmarsat IsatPhone 2.1 Satellite Phone Kit. This handset offers the ability to make and receive voice calls, SMS, track your position with GPS from anywhere on the globe (well, mostly, satellite coverage at the north and south poles is poor, outside of those areas people will get excellent coverage).

The built-in lithium-ion battery offers 8 hours of talk time and 160 hours standby, and the entire package is IP65 rated for dust- and waterproofing.

The kit includes:

  • Inmarsat IsatPhone 2.1 satellite phone handset
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • International AC wall charger with international plugs
  • Automobile DC charger
  • Holster with belt clip
  • Hands-free earpiece
  • Lanyard, USB cable
  • USB thumb drive with documentation,

The kit starts at $569 for the satellite phone, charger, and SIM but with no airtime, and there are kits available that come with airtime packages.

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