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82% Of The World Has No Cell Coverage! Here’s The Solution.

Article by Chris Hallam

OK, you’ve packed your backpack with all the essentials, food, water, first aid kit, GPS and of course, your cell phone! But wait a minute, are you really sure you have cell coverage where you are going? What happens if you don’t?

Real simple, it could mean the difference between living and dying.

According to the World Fact Book there were 271,000,000 cell phone users in the USA as of December 2008. And while cellular coverage has now reached close to 90% of the world’s population, geographical coverage around the world is only 18%! In other words approximately 82% of the world’s land mass has zero cellular coverage. And of course if you are into marine activities that take you further than a few miles offshore you will be in the same “boat”, pardon my pun.

Now, if you are an adventure traveler, extreme sport enthusiast, mariner, hunter or just a back woods hiker, chances are you are going to find yourself without cellular coverage at some point during your travels. And once you lose contact with the outside world your life line just ran out.

Today, there is no reason to take chances while enjoying these favorite pastimes. The world of satellite communications is now available to everyone and prices have never been lower. From personal tracking devices that fit in your pocket like the SPOT device from Globalstar to mobile satellite phones that work anywhere on the face of the earth, the sky literally is the limit.

The most popular option in North America for both adventure travelers, mariners and corporations looking for an emergency back-up solution is the Iridium 9555 satellite phone. The Iridium 9555 is the evolution of trusted, reliable mobile communications. It is a ruggedly built tool, not a toy. It won’t play games, take pictures, or play MP3s. What it does do is work. Everywhere on the face of the earth provided you have a clear line of sight to the sky. It is engineered to withstand the world’s toughest environments, so the world’s toughest customers can depend on it as a critical lifeline whenever and wherever need takes them.

Weighing just 10 oz’s this mobile satellite phone won’t weigh you down. As well, Iridium has now done away with that big clunky antenna that used to rotate up from behind the phone. The 9555 has a retractable antenna that slides down inside the body of the phone, very cool! You can send and receive SMS messages with the device which is another very handy option.

In terms of airtime, there is a wide range of options from prepaid cards to monthly or annual subscription plans. Basically, anyone looking for an emergency usage tool would be best served by going with a subscription plan. This way the phone is always “active” and you are only charged for airtime if it used. The lowest priced option available today is the First Responder Annual Plan from SatPhoneCity. At just 9.99 per year plus a onetime account activation fee, this plan is perfect for emergency use.

If, on the other hand, you anticipate using airtime over the course of the year the prepaid cards are the most cost effective way to go. For instance, SatPhoneCity sells a 500 minute prepaid card for just 9.00. No activation fees or monthly fees of any kind apply. The best part, as long as you “re-charge” your card by buying another block of minutes prior to its one year anniversary all your unused minutes carry forward! No lost minutes! Plus, these guys’s at SatPhoneCity will even take the worry away by sending you an alert to let you know when you are nearing the end of you term.

So don’t take chances. You spend many thousands of dollars on your travels & toys why not spend a little more on a communications device that can very literally save your life. Happy travels!

About the Author

Chris Hallam is the VP of Sales for SatPhoneCity, a global distributor of satellite phones and service. Find out more information on how a Mobile Satellite Phone can help you. Find great deals on a wide variety of mobile satellite phones at SatPhoneCity!

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