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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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.