In most areas of the United States, we take for granted that our mobile phones will pick up a signal enabling us to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. But in remote parts of the world, it is impossible to pick up a signal with a cellular phone. For businesses that rely on global communication in remote areas, satellite telephones and systems provide a reliable solution.
Unlike traditional mobile phones that rely on cell towers for signal strength, satellite telephone systems connect to low earth orbiting satellites. These orbiting satellites enable satellite phone systems to connect in seconds with a clear signal. Before purchasing a satellite business phone, answer the following questions:
1. What geographic areas do I need satellite telephones and systems for communication?
2. What type of satellite telephone system equipment best meets my business needs?
3. How much should I expect to spend on a satellite phone system?
Make sure satellite telephone systems operate in your intended areaWhile a satellite or GPS phone system is a dependable alternative to cellular phone service, there still may be geographic limitations. Some satellite phone equipment vendors only operate in certain areas, so select satellite phone equipment vendors that service your intended geographic area.
Determine the type of satellite business phone that meets your specific needsThere are several types of satellite telephone systems that meet various geographic needs: handheld mobile devices, fixed site telephones, vehicle static telephones and marine satellite phones. The most common satellite phone system is the handheld mobile device, which offers a great connection but typically doesn't work indoors.
Research the cost of satellite telephones and systems with several satellite phone equipment vendorsSatellite telephones and systems are less expensive than several years ago but are still a costly communication option. As technology improves and satellites become widely used, prices will drop. But until then, be a smart shopper, and compare prices among satellite phone equipment vendors.
- Many companies purchase a satellite business phone or GPS phone system for communication in the event of an emergency when landline and cellular systems are disrupted. Because of their reliability, a satellite phone system for small business or large corporations provides a smart emergency communication solution.