Remember where you were on February 7, 2007? It was a day that brought hugely impactful news to the business.
The constellation had been damaged and service was going to deteriorate until they launched the new constellation. But that was in two to three years, such a long time….
had just launched the smallest in the world, the GSP 1700 six days earlier. This phone is the size of my Blackberry and it was very cool. It also carried a very competitive price tag. How could this be happening?
That unfortunate chapter ends today: In just a few hours a rocket will blast off carrying six brand new satellites into space. They will join eight existing, second generation birds that have been carrying service for the past 18 months or so. The estimate is that by June of next year, service will be back to 50% and in a year we’ll see a resurgence of 95% of Globalstar’s top quality voice service (and it really is top quality service).
The new constellation brings much more functionality that we will outline in future posts. Other noteworthy items:
Globalstar will offer the for just $500 and unlimited voice and data service for just $20 a month!
This program is by far the best deal in the business and designed with one goal – Bring back subscribers. We’ll keep you posted as to the terms and valid dates but if you have even been considering buying a Globalstar phone, now is the time.
So, today, 2 1/2 years after some very bad news, we bring you some very good news: countdown to launch and new pricing for phones and service.
Planning and progress continues towards the new constellation launch
The degradation of Globalstar ’s satellite constellation has been truly unfortunate; the system is an excellent satellite system when fully functioning. GlobaFone is the largest Globalstar dealers in New England with dozens of clients with thousands of lines. We are looking forward to the new constellation restoring full service. There are some things you can do right now to take advantage of the situation:
Buy a Globalstar GSP 1600 for $349.00 with the activation fee. This price is less than half the retail price just a year ago and it is a great phone. It will work on the new constellation.
Activate the phone on the Loyalty Plan. This costs just $39.99/month until 2009, then $19.99 for 2009, 2010 and through the first year of the new constellation! Includes unlimited domestic airtime (US and Canada)! This will help you budget your airtime costs for about the next three years.
Here’s the tentative schedule for development and deployment:
Spring 2009—Globalstar starts taking delivery of the new satellites.
Fall 2009—Launches will begin from one or more launch sites
Spring 2010—Service begins on the new constellation
Since your current Globalstar equipment is backwards compatible—that means it will work on the new constellation—why not pick up some phones at the remarkable pricing listed above. This is a strategic move that will help you into the future when full service is restored. We see it as a great move.
How you measure ‘successful’ satellite phone calls will determine your satellite phone choice.
The technologically interwoven nature of our world has us feeling secure that lights will go on, air conditioners will cool us, traffic lights will stay lit and we’ll be able to make phone calls whenever we want. A disaster, however large or small can disrupt these personal securities in an instant.
Those who have lived through any kind of service interruption know how frustrating it can be: No power, no lights, no phones—now what do you do? How do you continue doing what you need to do, be it running your business, supporting your agency or keeping your family safe. Communications is THE critical cornerstone to any recovery effort, and when it comes to communications , you need to determine for yourself, “What is good enough?”
Will sparse or overtaxed cellular service (that may be unreliable normally) be good enough?
Is a satellite phone with temporary coverage issues good enough? (It just may be; call us!)
Is a 98% reliable solution good enough ?
Is this good enough?
Use Globalstar phones to leave a ‘voice billboard’ (at a daycare, Head-Start center, or a school) with updates or special instructions. You can buy portable Globalstar phones for just $350 (call us for details), s o you may not need to spend thousands of dollars for your good enough solution. For many situations, just knowing that people can call and hear your update will be good enough.
If you are a first responder or support first responders, you may decide that you need more functionality and that’s okay; there are different satellite phone solutions for you. But if you want people to call you (as they are able) and hear your updates. In situations where making phone calls may not be paramount but leaving timely updates for others may be critically important. is a nice, inexpensive solution for you. So consider what good enough means to you and as always, please call us if you have any questions. 800-826-6152.