I was wondering if anyone has used the IsatPhone Pro in Alaska? I have a fishing trip planned around McCarthy in a couple of weeks and was looking at sat phone options. The price for these run around $550 with plans for $15/month. A couple of rentals at $100+/week and you could pretty easily justify owning one.
One report claims they work as far north as Fairbanks. There is also a report sponsored by Iridium that says they couldn't get a signal in Anchorage. So I am kind of discounting both reports and hoping for first hand knowledge.
I understand their satellites are in orbit over the equator so the further north you go the lower the signal strength.
Here is a link www.isatphonelive.com they are part inmarsat which seems to have been around for a long time.
Or would I be better off with an Iridium rental?