SPOT Global Phone

    Communicate Everywhere

    Phil HowellPhotographer, Writer

    Most people are used to instant communication wherever they are. Backcountry explorers know cell coverage almost always isn't available once we're off the beaten path. That's not all bad. Getting away from it all is one of the reasons we go into the outback. Getting away from it all is great, until an emergency happens. A catastrophic vehicular failure can leave us far from help and being able to communicate when medical emergencies arise can mean the difference between life and death.

    Portable, easy-to-use, and affordable, the new SPOT Global Phone keeps users connected to family, friends, and emergency services when their adventures take them off the grid.

    SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., and leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, offers the SPOT Global Phone, a portable, easy-to-use, and data-enabled satellite phone. Backcountry explorers, hunters, hikers, boaters, and all outdoor enthusiasts will find that SPOT Global Phone provides crystal-clear voice quality where cell service won't work.

    "Outdoor recreationists have come to appreciate SPOT as a brand that keeps them safe as they explore new ways of getting off the grid," said Jay Monroe, chief executive officer of Globalstar. "As the first satellite phone available in major retail outlets, such as West Marine, REI, and Cabela's, SPOT Global Phone will not only provide a lifeline during these adventures, but an opportunity to connect with impeccably clear voice quality on a satellite network that is light years ahead of the competition."

    SPOT Global Phone ensures users can connect with family, friends, and businesses even when their adventures take them out of cell coverage. With patented Qualcomm-based CDMA technology providing crystal-clear voice quality from anywhere within the service footprint, SPOT Global Phone users experience superior performance. Critical communications happen in an instant, with no noticeable time delays on a network that transmits even a whisper. While it's not something we'd use, with the Express Data on most data plans, guaranteed data speeds of 9.6kbps provide up to four times the data speed of most other mobile satellite data services and enable emails, file transfers, and basic services to occur at high speed.

    This is the only satellite phone to be offered in major retail outlets and is also available online and through a dealer network, expanding the reach of the mobile satellite service (MSS) market beyond oil fields and commercial fishing. The SPOT Global Phone retails at $499, plus a required subscription service starting at $24.99 monthly or as low as 25 cents per minute.

    The SPOT Global Phone is the answer for those of us who travel outside cell range. When the situation goes south, it can save our life, or the lives of those we care about. Communicate everywhere.

    SPOT Global Phone Features

    • Compact size: 5.3"H x 2.2" W x 1.5"D

    • Lightweight: 7 ounces

    • Satellite-based technology

    • Superior voice clarity with no noticeable delay or echo

    • Backlit color display optimized for outdoor daytime viewing

    • Long-life battery: four hours talk time, 36 hours standby

    • Data capable enabling email and file transfers

    • Quick online activation, 10-digit dialing with local phone numbers

    • Ergonomic design

    • Lighted keypad

    • 911 emergency service access