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Old January 19th, 2014, 10:49 PM
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I'm really curious what your "just in case" scenario is.
Nuclear winter, Canadian invasion, zombies, Hillary Clinton in '16, you know, the usual things of nightmares.
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Nuclear winter, Canadian invasion, zombies, Hillary Clinton in '16, you know, the usual things of nightmares.
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used both Iridium and inmarsat recently in Philippines, Iridium sucked big time.... going to sell both Iridiums. The inmarsat was great when network wasn't too busy as during peak hours. The few times I actually connected with Iridium, it would drop within a minute, 2 tops.....
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used both Iridium and inmarsat recently in Philippines, Iridium sucked big time.... going to sell both Iridiums. The inmarsat was great when network wasn't too busy as during peak hours. The few times I actually connected with Iridium, it would drop within a minute, 2 tops.....
For Iridium phones to work properly you need an unconstructed view of the sky. More simply you need to be in a wide open area with nothing taller than you anywhere near you.
Were you standing next to a building, mountain, forest, etc?
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For Iridium phones to work properly you need an unconstructed view of the sky. More simply you need to be in a wide open area with nothing taller than you anywhere near you.
Were you standing next to a building, mountain, forest, etc?
Yeah and even then somewhat glitchy...I have one that I've had and used for about 8 years that's bulkier Iridium 9500 series that works real well and an Iridium Extreme 9575 that is so-so. but it's smaller and lighter.

I've used the Extreme in Co. alot and would drop calls all the time despite clear sky view but not clear horizon.
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All SAT phones require a clear view of the sky unless the carrier also has a ground repeater network to supplement. Any foliage or man-made structures (buildings/bridges) will cause interference.
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Yes but stationary orbit systems won't drop calls if you don't move and have the correct angle to connect. Low earth orbit systems transfer signals from sat to sat as they move across the horizon. LEO systems cover more of the planet than geosynchronous systems. You need a clearer horizon with a LEO (Iridium) system.
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For Iridium phones to work properly you need an unconstructed view of the sky. More simply you need to be in a wide open area with nothing taller than you anywhere near you.
Were you standing next to a building, mountain, forest, etc?
Trust me nothing was standing where I was, undoubtedly a clear view. I've been using iridium since '05 and never been crazy about them. Even when I was in Pakistan, lower Himalayas where you really could not get much closer to the satellite it was very very sketchy. Iridiums jump satellites constantly and why tendency to drop calls more often. Inmarsat takes longer to link a sat but when does it stays linked to same sat without need to jump sats.

I used someone else's Thuraya in Philippines and was flawless every time. Was very impressed with it and its small size. Thurayas though dont wk globally.
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I have been using these guys for years.


http://www.satellitephonestore.com/


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