Cell phones have changed the way we live our lives. Imagine spending a whole day without using yours. If you’ve ever left it at home by accident, or it’s run out of battery while you’re out, you understand how much you depend on it. This dependence means we’re willing to pay through the teeth for service.

We can expect to get locked into a contract in order to enjoy “free” minutes or have to pay ridiculous call-per-minute rates. And it’s not as if the cell service is great either. If the network becomes congested you’ll find your calls drop, messages get lost and data speeds slow to a crawl. Internet companies and cell phone providers advertise lightening fast speeds which, in reality, are seldom available to the subscriber. Pew Research reports on the many problems associated with mobile phones. Check out the interesting findings here.

If you live in an area far removed from cell towers, despite claims of nationwide coverage, service can be spotty, and it changes from one day to the next. When the connection does go through, you can expect a lot of feedback on the line.

And there is no alternative, so we pay…

The Alternative

Except that there is an alternative. In fact, the technology was around before cellular phones even came to be. Why are we paying such high cell phone bills for spotty coverage when satellite phones can get service anywhere in the world?

  • We need those phones to decrease in size before they can be sold to the normal consumer who has come to expect a 5-inch screen and 1/2-inch thickness.
  • We have been taught by the cell companies that we need the latest and best cell phones – consider using the “brick” from a few years ago and you instantly lose cool points.
  • Even a cell phone that is about two or three years old is still more compact than a sat phone. Sat phones are big and bulky in comparison.

Sat phones just don’t have the same appeal, mostly because of their accessibility and size. They were originally a much more expensive option reserved specifically for those needing service in remote areas. Satcom companies have been working to make this technology more affordable, and the public is noticing.

The Advantage

The big advantage of satcom technology is that coverage is worldwide, whether you are in the mountains of Lesotho or in the middle of town in London. No less important is the crystal clear quality of the call. No more repeating yourself ad infinitum, and no more guessing what message the other person was trying to communicate.

The really good news is that the technology is available today. The days of having to pay premium rates for sub-standard cellular service are numbered. If you want mobile technology that is really and truly mobile in every sense of the word, satcom is for you.