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Looking to buy a used satellite phone for outside USA coverage- Thuraya etc .I am leaving on assignment on Feb 1st so would prefer to buy from someone in the USA.

by Jason Florio at 2011-01-21 00:29:43 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Jason – where are you going? Thuraya’s coverage isn’t world wide, and as far as I can tell from recent experience, their service and hardware has taken a nose-dive.

Try Satellite Outfitters – Eros has used them and had good experiences – I’ve only spoken to them on the phone, but they sounded solid.

by teru kuwayama | 24 Jan 2011 08:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Teru .. much appreciated. I’ll be in Karen State, Burma and then onto Somali. I’ll be in Kabul in mid March… maybe we can hook up if you are in town. Warm regards . Jason

by Jason Florio | 25 Jan 2011 00:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Thuraya provides coverage where you go, but if you need hispeed data consider Inmarsat BGan instead.

by Cedric Favero | 26 Jan 2011 20:01 | Bogota, Colombia | | Report spam→
Inmarsat BGAN is a much better choice than Thuraya. Thuraya is good only for voice not data.

by [former member] | 27 Jan 2011 09:01 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Thanks Cedric and Anamitra … good advice . Much appreciated. Jason

by Jason Florio | 27 Jan 2011 16:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
to second Anamitra, I dropped $4K on the Thuraya IP data unit, and found it to be pretty much unusable…Thuraya advertises 444kbps, but doesn’t go out their way to mention that only 16kbps is guaranteed – and their “technical support” is a joke – the most constructive support they were able to offer was to ask if I could switch to using a PC, because they didn’t know much about Macs…

by teru kuwayama | 28 Jan 2011 05:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Teru ! One of the guys I am traveling with has an older Motorola Iridium phone so we are going to share that ..we don’t need to send data at this point..just emergency use. Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated.

by Jason Florio | 28 Jan 2011 14:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Anybody have suggestions for low-cost service plans (i.e. using the Iridium phone for emergency use only)?

by PJ Heller | 31 Jan 2011 02:01 | Southern California, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Flo,
Good luck and great photography.
Have a wonderful time

by [former member] | 01 Feb 2011 14:02 | Chennai, India | | Report spam→
PJ, there is a service names “Calling Crew” (pre-paid card) but of course you need to keep your SIM card active which cost most likely around 30-40 USD/month. Check with your preferred dealer for details ;-)

p.s I guess this service exists with both Iridium and Thuraya

by Cedric Favero | 01 Feb 2011 14:02 | Bogota, Colombia | | Report spam→
Jason, assume you saw that Adam Dean is selling a BGAN here in LS for a pretty good price. Should you be prepared for your next occasion when your friend isn’t along?

by [former member] | 01 Feb 2011 15:02 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for the tips Neal and Cedric ! Much a appreciated ..

by Jason Florio | 01 Feb 2011 15:02 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

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