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Old 06-23-2014, 05:29 PM
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Been waiting for this for a long time. Next generation device finally available. Global Star Sat-Fi announced for sale today on Globalstar.com web site.

Basically a rugged looking box with a WiFi antenna and a wired Satellite antenna which can wirelessly link to cell phone, tablet, or computer to make them satellite phone or data communicators.
I have a wired fixed satellite phone and a moble as well but I'm upgrading as soon as I can.
Reasonable prices too. I think it will be a game changer in the marine industry.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:44 AM
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How much are minutes and data? Looks amazing. Has globalstar improved on their satallites? I had an old globalstar sat that basically sucked. Worked about 1/10 of the time. Love this idea though.
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I would love to hear what real world users have to say about this product.
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I had an older global star phone and I can pretty much agree with what David M. said. Worked about 10-20% of the time. When it did work, the calls were clear, and the price was very reasonable.

Global star uses low earth orbit satellites so they are frequently out of range. For an occasional call its fine. For anyone looking for a seamless connection, this will not work.
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Is there any truth to their claim of recently spending 1B on satellite constellation upgrades? Any recent users with real world results?
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:09 PM
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I have the global star now and it works great all of the time, no complaints at all
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:49 PM
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Saw that unit too. Looks slick. Panbo.com had a positive review on it too. I still have the iSatPhone Pro, it's ok, but that's about as far as I'll go with it.
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The data useage rates will kill all but the very well healed boater. In a word - fugettaboutit.

For example, I have a wifi hotspot that works with cellular. I travelled to greece last month and thought it would be convenient to be able to use it for emergencies when wifi wasn't available but cell was. I bought a 1gb chip for about $100. Each time I connected it ended up using a minimum of 20% (200mb) of data. That was just for email and limited social media/web use.

Look at the use plans and figure out what 1gb of data will cost you. It will be between $500 and $1000when you convert data into minutes and then price it out.

It sounds like a good idea on the surface, but is facebook really worth $200/trip (or more, much more)?
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I bet when you travelled to Greece you were sorry to leave.......because you had to leave your brothers behind......



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The data useage rates will kill all but the very well healed boater. In a word - fugettaboutit.

For example, I have a wifi hotspot that works with cellular. I travelled to greece last month and thought it would be convenient to be able to use it for emergencies when wifi wasn't available but cell was. I bought a 1gb chip for about $100. Each time I connected it ended up using a minimum of 20% (200mb) of data. That was just for email and limited social media/web use.

Look at the use plans and figure out what 1gb of data will cost you. It will be between $500 and $1000when you convert data into minutes and then price it out.

It sounds like a good idea on the surface, but is facebook really worth $200/trip (or more, much more)?
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Et tu brute? Aren't you Greek as well John?
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Yes, ............ that's why I can make fun of Greeks.
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