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    Hello

    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?

    Thanks
    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_jack View Post
    Hello

    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?

    Thanks
    Joe
    Iridium uses Polar Satellites, Global Star was around for a long time and the equatorial satellites were hit or miss around most of Alaska, most often only giving the user about 15 minutes per day call time.
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    Trust me,, when you need a sat phone you NEED it. Having hunted and used a sat phone for 6 years all over Alaska and having to call the Coast Guard for a MedEvac, get an Iridium. You can rent one for a reasonable rate, there was never a better feeling than knowing that help was on the way.

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    I picked up a used iridium phone recently and just got off the phone with surveyors exchange to get it setup. If I was an occasional user then a rental would be the way to go. After my wife's friend suffered a broken leg on a remote Kodiak mountainside and was rescued by a USCG chopper called in via sat phone my wife insisted we get one!

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    O.K., I went ahead and rented the Iridium. I sure wish there was a cheap emergency plan one could get, but there sure doesn't seem to be one. I guess they make more selling airtime than hardware.

    I seriously considered thi iSatPhone but was afraid that it would have a hard time getting a signal in AK as well as the north side of a mountain here in Colorado.

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