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    Default where to get a satellite phone???

    I was wondering what the best sat phone to get is and where to rent them at. I am driving into anchorage from the lower 48's. wheres the best place to look.

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    Anchorage Sat Phones
    1231 West Northern Lights Blvd,
    Suite 202;
    Anchorage, AK 99503

    $50/week

    http://www.anchoragesatellitephones.com/
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    Surveyors Exchange has them as well but they might all be rented by now.

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    Only go with Iridium...Global Star does not work very good, if at all, in Alaska.
    I recommend Surveyor's Exchange as well.

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    +3 on surveyors exchange.

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    Default Important Info from Surveyors Exchange-Your Alaskan Satellite Phone Specialists

    Hi this is Greg from Surveyors Exchange Co.,

    This year we will be renting out at least 300 Iridium satellite phones in hopes that we do not have to turn anyone away. Please anyone wanting to rent an Iridium Satellite Phone....make a reservation ASAP. No deposit is required, we just need to know when you will need a phone by. If you make a reservation with us, I will make sure that you get a phone.

    Anyone flying up to Alaska....we can drop one off at a hotel, we ship out phones nationwide, etc. We have an office in Anchorage & Fairbanks.

    Dropping off is easy because we have a 24/7 drop-off box. You can also leave a phone at the Anchorage Airport & we'll pick it up the next day.

    Note: My main competitor in town is Anchorage Satellite Phone Store across from REI. Their website says $49.95/week, but that is wrong information. Give them a call & see that they raised their rental rate up to $75/week. All of my rentals also come with 3 different size waterproof cases that you can choose from. No hidden fees with Surveyors Exchange! I'll get you completely set up.

    On August 7 I had A LOT of people picking up phones to go caribou hunting in Chicken & also lots of sheep hunters. Anchorage Satellite Phone Store overbooked and they had at least 4 upset customers that now did not have an Iridium satellite phone. I was able to help all of them out. On Sunday around 10pm I personally delivered a satellite phone to an Anchorage Hotel to help out one of these customers. I think this a great example of the level of customer service that Surveyors Exchange provides.

    I would not go out into the field hunting with my daughter without an Iridium satellite phone for emergencies....so that is why I take my job personally. Also why I make sure that all of my equiment is tested out.

    Shoot me an email & I will email you my most up-to-date Iridium Rental Rates that includes the 3 kits that I rent out. Sorry but we are still working on reconstructing our website.

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    hi greg... any new deals for those of us that OWN our phone? or is it still 200.00 for 200 min or 6 month?sure would be easier t0 go year round with it if there was a decent plan...

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    Default Iridium Airtime Plan - if you own a sat phone

    Northern Lights Plan - here is how it works. This is thee best deal for Alaska/Canada if you already own an Iridium Sat Phone. With this airtime plan your phone will only work in Alaska/Canada but you can still call OUT to anywhere Worldwide. Prices below are TOTAL Prices - NO HIDDEN FEES.

    One time $60 activation fee. $198 keeps your sat phone active for 6 months and you get 200 included mintutes too. IF you pay that $198 every 6 months you will get 200 New minutes every 6 months and all of your unused minutes will roll over too. We will call/email you 2 weeks before your minutes expire.......just so you dont forget about your expiration date.

    Now once your expiration date is reached all of your unused minutes are lost & your phone will NOT work. You have a 90 day grace period after your expiration date, where you can still buy 200 new minutes valid for 6 months for $198.

    But after your 90 day grace period, you have to start over....so there is another $60 activation fee.

    If you only need your phone active for 6 months out of the year a lot of people just pay that $258 every single year ($198 + $60).

    Only other real option is 75 minutes good for 1 month for $150. Or 75 minutes good for 2 months for $190. These 75 minutes card are WorldWide sim cards.

    Shoot me an email & I can email you a pdf of all of our Airtime Rates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakman View Post
    +3 on surveyors exchange.
    I'll be in to see Greg next Monday for mine reserved last month. I did check the other sites in town and prices at the Exchange were good and I believe they are a site sponsor.
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    Just sent an email to Greg to secure a phone for my moose/bear trip in Sept.

    Thanks Greg for posting - you saved me a bunch of time!
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    Just for info, the people I used to use, Alaska Satellite Communications, sold out and then closed their Anchorage location. Their price is still ok but now you would have to pay shipping to and from Arizona which adds $45.00 to the rental cost.

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    greg, i have a SIM card in my phone and i just fill it up with mintues at a flat rate that don't expire and i have no time limit, i just buy them and when my phone sits during the off season they don't go away..do you guys do anything like that? i'm looking to move all my phone business local?
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    I have never heard of a plan like that but I will definitely look into it for you. Please email me your sim# and I will check into it.

    Sim# starts with 8988.......

    greg@tse-ak.com

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    IF you pay that $198 every 6 months you will get 200 New minutes every 6 months and all of your unused minutes will roll over too. We will call/email you 2 weeks before your minutes expire.......just so you dont forget about your expiration date.

    Now once your expiration date is reached all of your unused minutes are lost & your phone will NOT work. You have a 90 day grace period after your expiration date, where you can still buy 200 new minutes valid for 6 months for $198.
    This makes no sense to me? Either you lose the minutes or they roll over.

    I suspect the minutes will continue to expire until the competition increases much like it had to for the cell phone industry. Now my cell phone minutes last up to a year. So, do you lose the satellite minutes after 6 months or a year or?

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    greg, i'm working thru Personal Satelite Network, Don Rickerson is the guys name.
    but if you ask me its the only way to go, just like a prepaid cell phone, no time limit and just buy the mintues that i need and they all roll over. no contracts or anything either that i can remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdelarm View Post
    This makes no sense to me? Either you lose the minutes or they roll over.

    I suspect the minutes will continue to expire until the competition increases much like it had to for the cell phone industry. Now my cell phone minutes last up to a year. So, do you lose the satellite minutes after 6 months or a year or?

    Thanks. Confused.
    last march was the first time since buying mine i did not renew... i lost nearly 400 min at that time...

    as long as we renewed our 200 bucks each six months the minutes continued along. with us until used... i did not use it much during the winter.. and it expired 1/2 way through moose season.. and need recharging on the 17 of sept... ( wifes fault..mine and AKGUY454's) they would not let us back out with out one after we got snowed rained delayed and tehy were headed to troopers to tell on us when we got cell service back....


    any way. l let mine go to save a few bucks then and get it on a more usable schedule... but would LOVE a plan like Brwnbrs... prepaid min.. and phone works all the time... the only reason i kept mine in the winter before is the fact i am on the road A LOT... and Cell service still has HOURS of dead space on our highways..
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    Default would love to have a brwnbr plan

    just bought a sims card from road post,six hundred something for 500 min,good for a yr and min roll over if new card is bought before other expires

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    Thumbs down Satellite Phone Source

    Dont go here. I called, emailed, flashed lights in the sky (like batman), sent morise code and everything else you could think of after faxing them my info on when I needed the phone (with my credit card info on it). Now here I am a day away from flying out and.......you guessed it, NO sat-phone.

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    I've had an Iridium for several years. For the first few years I had a plan that cost $300 a year for 500 minutes and any unused minutes rolled forward as long as I renewed the service before the anniversary date. Iridium discontinued that plan. It had nothing to do with the dealers. After much searching I chose Greg's Northern Lights plan. I gave him a credit card and he automatically renews my service before the 6 month expiration date so my minutes roll forward. His service has made my life easy. I don't have to remember anything, my phone just works. I've resigned to pay $400 per year for service. I could pay $600 for world-wide service but I find my cell phone works fine in Europe so why bother. Greg has international sim cards available for rent if I decide I need one for short-term.

    I'm a very happy Surveyor's Exchange customer.

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    gusuk i think i have the 500 minute plan, i just buy minutes often enough i never have to worry about them running out!
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