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Iridium OpenPort Wins Award

Global Telecoms Business (GTB) has awarded its 2009 GTB Innovation Award to for excellence in Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation. The award recognizes the groundbreaking OpenPort system, the world’s first and only global high-speed voice and data service for the maritime market.

Ithas a small, light weight, convenient on- deck location. It does not require a stabilization platform and is virtually maintenance free. With no moving parts, the array improves up time , lowering the total cost of operations. OpenPort delivers up to three phone lines for simultaneous use and features always-on data with speeds up to 128 kbps – on an all-IP backbone.

October 2008 – GLOBAFONE OFFERS THE NEW IRIDIUM 9555 HANDSET

Newest Iridium handset in three years brings smaller handset, added features, brilliant design

GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman with the new 9555 at the Iridium Partners Conference in Miami, FL

GlobaFone celebrates the launch of the new Iridium 9555 handset the newest and smallest handset. Iridium has offered. GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman was at the Iridium Partners Conference in Miami when Iridium CEO Matt Desch formally announced the new handset. The Iridium 9555 represents the fourth Iridium handset and the latest generation of functionality. Predecessors include the 9500, the 9505 and the 9505A.

Some of the key features of the phone include:

  • Compact physical footprint for streamlined portability
  • Intuitive user interface for out-of-the-box functionality
  • Water, shock and dust resistance for unparalleled durability
  • Enhanced SMS and messaging capability
  • Integrated speakerphone
  • Headset and hands-free capability
  • Internally stowed antenna
  • Mini-USB port
  • for sale starting in mid-November. The 9555 is compatible with most existing 9505A accessories and has a full compliment of unique accessories. The suggested retail price will be $1695.00. For the month of November, GlobaFone will offer the phone at $1595 

August 2008 – Now Revealed! The Hidden Costs of the Lowest-Priced Provider!

Go to and learn how buying from the lowest-cost provider wastes time and resources.

Everyone knows that ‘you get what you pay for’. However for some reason people continue to think the wisdom doesn’t really apply to them. I suspect because they confuse price with value.

Many people think buying from the lowest-cost provider, is the best strategy. It is one strategy, but the best strategy? I don’t know about that, however I do know this: Paying the lowest possible price will most likely frustrate you later on. Why do I say that? Because when you buy from the lowest-cost provider you get a in a box; unassembled, not tested, cleaned, labeled, packed nor charged. In short, you need to spend a lot of time and resources turning that ‘in a box into a fully functioning kit. Is that use of your time the best value?

Go to and learn, in detail (dollars and cents), the hidden cost of buying from the lowest cost provider—It’s over $200 per phone!

Compare this to having your phone arrive ready to use right out of the shipping box. We properly activate, test, charge, clean, label, remove the PIN code and package your phones so you can immediately begin learning how to use the phone and training your staff so they are ready to go!

The business all about providing solutions that give you the results you want. It is NOT about selling phones at the lowest possible price. There is no value in that and it will cost you.

Buy a from the low-cost provider and you get a phone in a box. Buy a kit and you are ready to go, the minute you receive it. Which solution works better for you when you disaster strikes?

For further information please us or call us at 800-826-6152 or e-mail. We are here to serve you.

January 2008 – How Do You Save Lives?

Have you ever been in a situation where your day-to-day communications didn’t work as a result of disaster, terrorism or just because you operate in remote locations?

If you answer yes, then you know, first-hand the frustration of not being able to perform critical tasks and job responsibilities. In addition, there could be potential risk to peoples lives. When communications break down, chaos replaces order and people end up in harm’s way unnecessarily. So what do you do? You develop a communications strategy to keep people talking to one another for good management and implementation of initiatives. Your solution?

Satellite communications from GlobaFone!

Terrestrial systems are at tremendous risk of failure during times of crisis. Floods hurricanes, war, terror attacks – all can cripple landlines, radios and cell phones because they are destroyed or become over-taxed and thus unreliable. When you rely solely on these solutions your mission becomes nearly impossible because you need communications to coordinate strategy implementation, whether executing a mission or coordinating a rescue operations. Satellite communications are the only truly reliable communications solution when all else fails.

For a free discussion on how satellite phones can help you, e-mail us or call us today at 800-826-6152.

January 2008 – So What’s With the Rebates?

As you may know, we work with a number of different Service Providers which gives us the distinct advantage of being able to offer to you ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to equipment and airtime packages. Recently, two of our providers introduced valuable incentive programs for satellite service subscribers who are looking to switch to : Activate an , return your and earn a rebate:

Rebate plan 1: Activate a new line and receive $400 per Globalstar phone you return. Two year service agreement on a North American SIM card (limited ’home area’) $750 early termination, Monthly subscription includes 10 min/airtime. There is an additional charge for international use. Return your within 15 days for the rebate, paid at the end of the calendar quarter.

Our take: Great for domestic users, terrible for global users as the ‘roaming’ rate pushes $2.00/minute. The return and rebate conditions are quite restrictive. Our providers has limited this offer to the first 500 subscribers. If you want it, take action now! This will be a very popular program and it ends June 30.

Rebate plan 2: Activate a new line and receive $400 per phone you return. One year service agreement on a global SIM card. $750 early termination, Normal monthly subscription rates apply. Rebate paid whenever the phone is received.

Our take: We like this plan for more flexibility (domestic and international), however $750 termination is steep on a one-year plan. This offer ends February 1.

These rebates create a real incentive if you’re considering moving to as an alternative to . We encourage you to call us for a free evaluation. Call toll-free on 800-826-6152 or dial direct on 603-433-7232.
Editorial note: the $350 rebate plan is no longer available and the $400 rebate plan ends September 30, 2008

March 2008 Newsletter – A US number for your Iridium satellite phone?

Among the issues with using an phone has historically been having the ability and budget to dial directly to your satellite phone handset(s). Two of the major issues are:

  • The cost of the call – up to $7.00/minute from your long distance provider
  • The fact that ’s phone numbers are constellation-based not terrestrially-based.

Based on the pricing of calls, it is obvious why often times businesses and government agencies do not allow direct dial international calls from their phone systems. However, the problem remains: How do you call your ?

SIMPLE: Iridium is now offering US-based phone numbers that ring on your phone. This makes owning and using phones easier than ever.

For a monthly fee of $15.00, plus the cost of calls on your satellite rate plan, dial a US number and reach your phones. US numbers are unique to each satellite phone: This is not two-stage dialing. Have 50 phones—you’ll have 50 US-based numbers.

The bottom line? Add US-based numbers to your satellite service and direct dial your satellite phones. Call us to learn more and sign up for your US-based numbers today!