Like any product or service that grows in popularity over a period of time and generates more conversation, sadly there are some unfortunate misconceptions out there about satellite phones. These products are vital for safety and communication among many people in remote settings where cell service isn’t available, but various myths about them may put you in a risky position if you take them as fact.
At International Satellite Services, we’re happy to provide not only a wide variety of push-to-talk radio and other satellite phone options, but also to ensure our clients have the proper information on any of these products, how they work, and their major benefits. What are some of the most well-known misconceptions present in the satellite phone world? This two-part blog series will go over several.
Misconception #1: Adverse Weather Stops Satellite Phones from Working
We’re not sure where this first major myth comes from, because it’s the complete opposite of reality — and frankly, the opposite of the major reason why people carry satellite phones to begin with. These items are so valuable precisely because they don’t lose their functionality when the weather turns or the terrain becomes hazardous.
Satellite phones are one tough breed of communication device, and they’re built to last through almost anything. They are far more resilient than traditional cell phones in poor weather conditions such as this, which is why celebrities and executives use them on expeditions into remote areas for their safety. While it’s possible the very worst storms may lead to slightly lower quality levels for your calls, you will still be able to make them even during adverse weather, even when other normal cell communications do not work.
Misconception #2: Satellite Phones Don’t Work if the Power is Down
Satellite phones are so beneficial to many people because they do not rely on the normal power grid for their performance. This is not just a beneficial feature in remote areas where the power grid may be weak or not present, but also extremely useful during emergency situations when power outages are common due to bad weather or other problems.
No matter what you’re doing — travelling, working at your business, or on an expedition — these phones can continue providing service until you’re able to hook up to the power grid again. Even if there is not another option for power near you, these phones can provide service via solar chargers or other environmentally friendly means of providing backup power.
Misconception #3: Satellite Phones are Large and Bulky
While satellite phones may be slightly thicker than some cell phones, they are not as large as one might think. In fact, many of the latest models on the market are about the same size as an iPhone, and some even smaller. They also come in a variety of colors and styles to fit your personal preference.
Plus, with the more compact sizes and added features like touchscreens, satellite phones are becoming more and more popular with everyday users who want the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can always reach someone no matter where they are.
For more on the common misconceptions surrounding satellite phones and how to avoid them, or to learn about any of our quality satellite phone or PTT services, speak to the pros at International Satellite Services today.