Satellite Phone Misconceptions: Price, Indoor Use, Dedicated Plans

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the most common misconceptions out there regarding satellite phone technology. As these products have become more and more popular in recent years, sadly there have been a few more myths that have cropped up regarding them — but we’re here to set you straight.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer a huge range of handheld satellite phones, push-to-talk (PTT) radio products and numerous others in this realm for those who require quality communication in any setting. In addition, we’re happy to offer the proper information on any of these products and their uses, helping correct any silly misconceptions you may have heard about them. Here are a few more such myths debunked, with the proper info in each case.

Misconception #4: Satellite Phones Are Too Expensive to Be a Worthwhile Investment

While the origins of this myth may have been based in slightly more reality multiple decades ago, the fact is that the cost of a satellite phone has never been lower. In some cases, they can even be had without a charge plan out-of-pocket for less than a mobile phone with more features.

While some push-to-talk radio systems will run you several hundred dollars, many of our best handheld options are no more expensive than your average smart phone, and other satellite phones are similarly priced to your average smartphone. With the amount of coverage offered by one of these devices, it’s hard to deny that they’re worth every dime — especially if you do a little bit of shopping around for the right provider .

Misconception #5: You Can’t Use Satellite Phones Indoors

Probably due to their popularity as outdoor communication items, some mistakenly believe that these devices can’t be used indoors. This is not the case — as long as you have an unobstructed antenna shot to the sky, you can easily use your satellite phone to make calls.

While these devices are highly effective outdoors due to their ability to penetrate dense foliage and other physical barriers, they work just as well indoors — so this myth is totally busted! For instance, many people will take their satellite phone with them into a mine shaft for communication purposes, and will be able to communicate as long as there’s an antenna installed with a view of the sky.

Misconception #6: Satellite Phones Don’t Have Dedicated Plans

Finally, some assume that using a satellite phone is more of a wild west type deal, with no specific plans in place. This couldn’t be further from the truth — these devices are highly standardized, and they often come on pre-paid or post-paid monthly arrangements that closely resemble any other cell phone plan out there.

For more on debunking some of the most common myths out there about satellite phones and related technology, or to learn about any of our satellite walkie-talkie or numerous other products, speak to the pros at International Satellite Services today.

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