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Old 02-15-2012, 02:03 PM
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Hi All,

I am considering getting the iSatPhone Pro satellite phone, basically as a safety item for when we go offshore fishing. I have found the price now down to $525 to purchase and monthly subscription plans down to about $12 per month, with about $1 per minute phone charges. The monthly subscription allows the phone to work anywhere. The prepaid minutes only allow the phone to work when you are offshore by about 15 miles or so.

I just wanted to hear any PROs or CONs about this phone before I purchase it. How is the sound quality? Is it loud enough? Does it get service and stay connected? (I am in the Gulf of Mexico off of Florida Area). Any other comments?

Appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:38 PM
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Here ya go, all you need to know. Old thread but all still stands. I still have mine, no changes to my write up/eval:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...e-pro-yet.html


http://www.thehulltruth.com/marine-e...phone-pro.html

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Thanks Birdman...
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Biggest Con is the price of the docking stations. OMFG, what a rip off... I would love to have the phone docked on my FB and not have to go out into the cockpit for open sky, but not at those prices!!
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Originally Posted by PtJudeRI View Post
Biggest Con is the price of the docking stations. OMFG, what a rip off... I would love to have the phone docked on my FB and not have to go out into the cockpit for open sky, but not at those prices!!

+10000!!!!! That PISSES me off!! The small low end dock should be under $100, and you should be able to add as simple antenna with 20 or 30' cable for another $100.

REDICULOUS!!
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Yeah, I looked at the "Marine Dock" before I saw the price...The Marine Dock, with Active Antenna and Cable, the best price I have found is just under $1,800. I literally fell over.

The Phone price is great. The monthly or annual fees are not bad. And BIRDMAN - just for you, for about $7 per month, you can get a local telephone number assigned to your Sat phone, then when your wife calls you, it is just a regular call, you only pay for your normal Sat phone minutes.

But the dock prices are crazy. Granted, there is actually a lot of functionality built into the Dock...speaker phone, another GPS unit, LEO Tracking, Regular POTS telephone interface, USB Data Port, Emergency Location tracking, Man Over board notification and all kinds of stuff are built into the dock, but stuff I wouldnt use...but you still pay for it.
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Thanks, I had herd that before (regarding local phone number...). But since I can't afford a simple Isat Lite docking station, it wouldn't do me any good. I'm not going to stand on the stern of my boat, keeping it facing west, whiling holding my phone up in the air all day long waiting for a "possible" phone call!!

By the way, the IsatDock Lite only has a place to connect a permenant antenna, and has a speaker on it, nothing fancy. That unit should be $100, and we should be able to add a simple antenna for another 100.

I think they are killing themselves. If they would make the docks and antenna's affordable, I'd end up leaving it on all the time on the boat, and USE IT. They would make the money on minutes.... Instead, I have made 1 call in the past year, and that was a test call to make sure it still works. So the phone just sits in my ditch bag, not used.
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Originally Posted by SaltyG View Post
Hi All,

I am considering getting the iSatPhone Pro satellite phone, basically as a safety item for when we go offshore fishing. I have found the price now down to $525 to purchase and monthly subscription plans down to about $12 per month, with about $1 per minute phone charges. The monthly subscription allows the phone to work anywhere. The prepaid minutes only allow the phone to work when you are offshore by about 15 miles or so.

I just wanted to hear any PROs or CONs about this phone before I purchase it. How is the sound quality? Is it loud enough? Does it get service and stay connected? (I am in the Gulf of Mexico off of Florida Area). Any other comments?

Appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
Salty......I got an Isat phone about a year ago to replace an Iridium that was stolen. I use it well outside U.S. waters in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) and off the Baja Pacific Coast.
My prepaid plan is $30+/month U.S. for a two year plan that includes 222 minutes. Minutes over 222 are something less than $1/min.
Although you have to wait for the unit to get a GPS fix, I've found that it takes about the same time to power up as my old Iridium.
The sound quality is good on transmission, I am told by people I call, but it is often difficult for me to hear in even moderate conditions offshore. When it is windy, it is a struggle.
I bought mine for emergencies and so far have only used it occasionally to test it.
It has always passed those tests, and if I had to buy another unit today I would get an Isat.
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Bill,

Thanks so much, that is exactly what I was looking for. Both you and Birdman have helped. I just wanted to hear from some people that have actually used it a few times before I went out and got one. It will be mainly for emergency use...just wanted to make sure it would fit the bill. Sounds like it will. Thanks.
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Just got one.......test calls worked perfect. Would love a dock station but they are crazy money. Guess it will sit in the ditch bag. Even the antennas are crazy.
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Originally Posted by carbo View Post
Just got one.......test calls worked perfect. Would love a dock station but they are crazy money. Guess it will sit in the ditch bag. Even the antennas are crazy.
Send Inmarsat an email complaining about it.
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