I've covered satellite phones a lot here over the years. I think that it's super cool that I can communicate wherever I am on the planet using satellites miles up in space.
But there's one thing that's hard to overlook -- satellite phones are expensive.
Globalstar is now giving new customers the chance to pick up free pre-owned GSP-1700 satellite phones if they take out a new service subscription.
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Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone and Globalstar 9600 data hotspot
The GSP-1700 is a compact handheld satellite phone that offers CDMA digital voice quality, fast data speeds of 9.6 Kbps and a Position Location Service that allows you to get your latitude and longitude directly from the handset.
It's a solid handset. And a pre-owned one can be yours by taking out a new subscription plan (plans start at $49.99/month).
If you want a pre-owned GSP-1700 without a plan, that will cost you $399.
If you wanted to share your satellite connection with other devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, there's the Globalstar 9600 data hotspot that retails for $150.
If you'd rather an all-in-one satellite hotspot, then there's also the Globalstar Sat-Fi2 that offers the simplest way possible to set up a satellite network -- you turn it on, it connects to Globalstar's constellation of satellites and then sets up a Wi-Fi network to which you can connect up to eight devices.
You can then use your existing smartphone to make phone calls, and send and receive text messages and emails.
Globalstar Sat-Fi2 portable satellite Wi-Fi hotspot
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