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Old 10-07-2014, 06:20 PM
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I'm excited-- just made my first sat phone purchase-- the isatphone 2 (the new version of the isatphone pro) for $789. I love how it has no monthly plan and you can buy the minutes as needed for ~ $1/minute.

With a 6 man canister life raft, Epirb and a satellite phone, I think I'm good to go!
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This is something I've been looking for. Can it send texts?
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I am sore jealous. I don't have anything besides the ship-to-shore radio and it isn't good beyond 20 miles out. I've been out about 30 miles and it does make me nervous when I don't go out with a buddy boat and I've been trying to decide on buying the SAT phone or the EPIRB. Both aren't on my affordability list right now. Having both must really bring a greater sense of safety, but if you had to choose one over the other, what would it be?

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Originally Posted by Captllama View Post
This is something I've been looking for. Can it send texts?
Yes. I believe it rec'vs texts for free and costs ~$1 per text to send.

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I am sore jealous. I don't have anything besides the ship-to-shore radio and it isn't good beyond 20 miles out. I've been out about 30 miles and it does make me nervous when I don't go out with a buddy boat and I've been trying to decide on buying the SAT phone or the EPIRB. Both aren't on my affordability list right now. Having both must really bring a greater sense of safety, but if you had to choose one over the other, what would it be?
I'd bring the sat phone over the epirb (and maybe over the liferaft). You can call anyone and give them your gps coordinates. I'd rather be in the water and know a helicopter is on its way and my wait is 45 min max than be wondering if my epirb works or if they took the distress signal seriously. Also at only $1/min I can check-in with home even if its just a quick call with our status good or bad.

The ISATPHONE PRO is ~ $589 and the ISATPHONE 2 is $789. Both are essentially the same, the isatphone2 is just a little more rugged, faster, but functionality is the same. To me $589 is a pretty good investment on safety. No monthly fees or service just $1 min prepaid cards. The cards come in different increments (50 min for $50, 100 min for $100 etc). They do expire 180 days after you activate them so I'll buy the $50 cards so it costs me at most $100/year.
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Are they waterproof ??
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Hey guys, I have a sat phone listed in items for sale if anyone is interested for $125.00. Service plans vary from provider to provider. Either way, the unit I have will work with any of them. The unit I have also has a data cable to connect to a PC for offshore service.
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Originally Posted by marshoaks View Post
I am sore jealous. I don't have anything besides the ship-to-shore radio and it isn't good beyond 20 miles out. I've been out about 30 miles and it does make me nervous when I don't go out with a buddy boat and I've been trying to decide on buying the SAT phone or the EPIRB. Both aren't on my affordability list right now. Having both must really bring a greater sense of safety, but if you had to choose one over the other, what would it be?
I would buy an EPIRB first they send out your position and are meant to be immersed in water a Sat phone is not waterproof and sometimes there is interference when attempting to make a call.Think about it .....if you are in a situation where your boat is sinking would you want to try to dial the CG and give them your coordinates in all the confusion or would it be easier to flip the switch on an EPIRB and all the info go out automatically.

A Sat phone is NOT a replacement for an EPIRB or a Life Raft it can be used in conjunction with them but it NEVER takes their place.I would rather be in a Life Raft without a Sat phone or an EPIRB rather than in the water with a Sat phone which is NOT waterproof.

I don't leave the dock without a Life Raft and an EPIRB if I am going offshore.
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Originally Posted by Jecaro View Post
I don't leave the dock without a Life Raft and an EPIRB if I am going offshore.
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Are they waterproof ??
The isatphone2 is is rated as IP65. It is water resistant but not waterproof. IP 65 means it can be sprayed with water jets and will not be compromised.

(note: IP66 is poweful water jets, IP67 is submersed underwater up to 1M, IP68 is submersible beyond 1 meter) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

I would feel safe having it on the boat as is and in a ziplock bag while on a life raft.

Here's the link to the product: http://www.inmarsat.com/isatphone/
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I don't see where there's no monthly plan unless you go prepaid. In which case you gotta buy 2,500 minutes to get close to $1/minute. And of course the minutes expire.

If you have a link somewhere that'd be great as I've been wanting one but settled on the InReach Explorer
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Try dialing a sat phone with a survival suit on.......just sayin!
EPIRB is the tool for that job.
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X2.. EPIRB first.. the rest is awesome to have but for Safety reasons the EPIRB wins as first choice.. Most SAT phones have windows of times they work great and also times they don't work so well according to the Satellite locations. The EPIRB will tell the whole story with out you having to say a word..
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Originally Posted by dinmax82 View Post
I don't see where there's no monthly plan unless you go prepaid. In which case you gotta buy 2,500 minutes to get close to $1/minute. And of course the minutes expire.

If you have a link somewhere that'd be great as I've been wanting one but settled on the InReach Explorer
No monthly plan. You buy prepaid minutes.

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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
They do expire 180 days after you activate them so I'll buy the $50 cards so it costs me at most $100/year.
that's good to know. I was under the impression that they expired 180 days from purchase, which doesn't make much sense now that I'm typing it out. The prepaid thing is the way to go for my usage.
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
No monthly plan. You buy prepaid minutes.

http://www.amazon.com/Inmarsat-IsatP...ds=isatphone+2
The 50 minutes expire in 90 days. Stil not bad, $200 for yearly service.

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