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.
Thales Alenia Space Facilities has announced that the first three satellites in the Globalstar 2G constellation are ready to be shipped to the launch site. They will fly from from Baikonour on a Soyuz launch vehicle and orbited by Arianespace starting in October. These three satellites are the first launch batch, to be delivered by the end of August. Globalstar contracted Thales Alenia Space for the design and delivery of 48 second-generation constellation low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will provide mobile phone and data satellite services. These satellites are now under construction at various Thales Alenia Space facilities in France and Italy.
The new constellation will provide Globalstar’s coverage beyond 2025, and offer a platform for expanded services and innovative solutions. They have a design life of 15 years. Thales Alenia Space played a major role in Globalstar’s first-generation program, as supplier of the satellite payloads, structures, propulsion and thermal subsystems, and several electronics units, as well as systems integration of the entire constellation, including an additional eight satellites launched in mid-2007.
Thales Alenia Space’s long-term partnership with Globalstar, along with another major contract recently signed in this domain, clearly demonstrate the company’s leadership in constellations, based on proven expertise in system design and telecommunications technologies in general.
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.