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Great Globalstar Expectations

“There are 813 things that have to go right; we’re on number 6”

This loose paraphrasing of Tom Hanks’ Jim Lovell in ‘Apollo 13’ seems to hold true for any massive project.

pending launch next Tuesday is but one step in their massive project of restoring . Lives may not be directly at stake as there were on Apollo 13, but there definitely is a sequence of ‘things’ and many, many, interested parties pulling together to make it all happen.

Among those ‘things’ – the specific events:
1. The payload of the first six satellites has been encapsulated in the protective payload fairing. This means they are one step closer to flying.
2. The October 19 launch date which is the first of four launches that will send the 24 second generation satellites into orbit. Launch time is 2: 10 PM Eastern Time, 11:10 AM Pacific time, at Globalstar’s headquarters.

These 24 satellites will join the eight satellites already flying and providing service.

There will be three other launches of six new satellites each, and then hours of maneuvering, testing, deploying and plenty of heartburn moments. However, in the end, as the 813 things go right, Globalstar will bring thier service back ion-line! We are most enthusiastic about Globalstar’s prospects to restore their service by the estimated June 30, 2011 date.

Restoring Globalstar’s mobile satellite voice and data services will be a great development for businesses, governments and consumers that rely on their satellite phones for emergency and non-emergency communications. And, it will take place just around the time that hurricane season gets started next year.

provides excellent service and very good coverage around the world. It is not completely global, yet it does cover close to 90% of the world’s population.

So we have great expectations that will fly again as the sequence of ‘things’ all come to fruition.

Thanks for reading.

July 2008 Newsletter – What exactly is ‘Good Enough’ for you?

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.

 

Great options using Globalstar satellite phones!

Given the issues with its constellation, has been working diligently to maintain its client base with a variety of creative options and solutions for you.

The Loyalty Plan provides you with unlimited calling for just $350/year
Pay monthly: $39.99 until 2009, then $19.99 for 2010 and the first full year of service with the new constellation
Significant price reductions on phones: the portable is now just $349 (activated) and the fixed-site is now only $849 activated.  Compare these prices to $749 and $2,495 respectively
Many of our clients have moved to because of the critical, life-saving nature of their work.  They need the best possible coverage now.
However, I have met numerous people for whom , even with the coverage issues is a great solution.

Here’s the notion: If you run a facility (day care, head Start, elder center, school) where people would call in during an emergency to check on their loved ones, you can use your voicemail box as an audio message board.  If there is a disaster, you can be assured that family members will want to know that their loved ones are safe.  If your land lines and cell phones aren’t working how will anyone call your center?  Simple:

Buy and activate a phone
List the (US-based) number as the emergency line in your welcome kit
Instruct people to call the number in emegencies
Record a current voicemail if there is an emergency

This is especially helpful in cases where you may need to abandon your facility and seek refuge elsewhere.  And now that has greatly reduced the price of their equipment, it is easier than ever to create this solution