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A Great Resource – Check It Out!

Let’s face it – there is so much going on in the world of , it is impossible to think you can get away with just one source of information. Of course it all depends on what interests you: , , operations, earnings, stock values. What appeals to you will determine what information is important to you. While I’m not going to reveal ALL of my double secret squirrel sources, I will point you to one person whom I admire, and I read everything he sends: Chris Quilty of Raymond James. I met him a couple of years ago and he is very sharp and very plugged into the Satcom segment.

Chris has been covering the Satcom industry for a number of years and sends very timely and informative updates on events that will impact earnings. His updates include information about , ViaSat, Hughes, ComTech and numerous other hardware, launch and network providers. He sends a weekly commentary on the economy and overall market and a quarterly Satcom valuation. It is all very helpful information. I’ve made some very good decisions based on Chris’ information.

I asked Chris if I could write about him and publish his e-mail address and he graciously agreed. Send Chris an e-mail at and ask to be included on his mailing list. Then you too will receive his important updates.

As I said earlier, I won’t reveal all my sources however, Chris is an invaluable source of market intelligence.

Thanks for reading!


Iridium Planning for NEXT

The April 13 issue of Forbes features an article on Dan Colussy’s fight to bring back from bankruptcy almost 10 years ago.  The article calls the original Iridium concept “daft”, but it does pay homage to the overall validity of the Iridium concept.  

Some of the interesting points of the article:

Vice-President Al Gore made the ceremonial first call in 1999

·  Nine months later Iridium filed for bankruptcy

·   The DOD agreed to pay $36 Million/year for five years for unlimited airtime on 20,000 phones

·   CEO Matt Desch joined Iridium in 2006 and has lead the development and financing of the NEXT constellation

This is a great story, AND the future looks pretty exciting:
GHL Acquisition Corp (GHQ), run by investment bank Greenhill & Co. (GHL) has agreed to take Iridium public, closing this year. (Note: GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman owns GHQ)

·   Data users now produce almost as much revenue as voice callers and will soon produce more.

When launched in 2014, the new constellation will have the power to connect any spot on Earth at high speeds.  Iridium’s data connections can run at 128,000 bps, Iridium NEXT will run data at 10 mbs, or 78 times as fast.

·   plans to raise money by selling space on its satellites for modern imaging equipment, from scientific gear for measuring atmospheric chemistry and climate change to cameras that could help Google refresh its maps every few seconds

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Iridium has reactivated their Globalstar buy-back program!  This program was very popular when it was first implemented last year, enabling hundreds of organizations to save tens of thousands of dollars while acquiring Iridium phones at a terrific price.  Satellite phones are much-needed for emergency response and business continuity situations.  Response to Hurricane Ike is just one example of where satellite phones were used to serve the public in response and rescue.

 GlobaFone clients have saved over $44,000 with the rebate program!

Here’s how the rebate program works:

Buy a brand new Iridium 9505A phone from GlobaFone
Sign up for the North American Rate plan –
Turn in any qualifying Globalstar phone – see models below
Receive a rebate of up to $350 for each phone you buy

In the current budgetary climate, this rebate plan gives you a great way to purchase Iridium phones and utilize the reliability of their satellite network for your critical communications.   When lives are potentially on the line, your phones have to work.  

So be sure to place your order early so you can get your Iridium phones promptly and be prepared for power outages, blizzards, floods, fierce storms, emergencies and the 2009 hurricane season that is just around the corner.

North American rate plan details:

$40/month, includes 10 free minutes of airtime per month, non-pooled, non-rollover
The plan is a 2 year agreement with a $750 early termination fee
Calls made/received outside of North America will cost $2.49/minute

Globalstar phone must be returned to GlobaFone within 10 days of your Iridium activation

Rebate paid at the end of the calendar quarter

The following phones qualify for the rebate:

        * Qualcomm GSP-1600 * Qualcomm GSP-1700  * Qualcomm GSP-550  * Ericsson R-290  * Telit SAT-550

        * Telit SAT-600  * GSP-2900 Fixed Unit  * GSP-2800M Marine Fixed  * GSMP 2100/2101
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* FAU 200

 So take advantage of this great opportunity—buy an Iridium phone and activate service on the North American plan, send in your Globalstar phone and get up to $350 back!  This is a great way to save money buying a communications device you know you need to save lives and protect your business assets.


Newest Iridium handset in three years brings added functionality, smaller handset

October 20, 2008

Miami, FL and Portsmouth, NH: GlobaFone, a leading provider of global cellular and satellite communications systems celebrated the launch of the new Iridium 9555 handset. GlobaFone supports a diverse client base by providing an impressive portfolio of global communications solutions with a particular emphasis in the satellite segment. GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman commented from the 2008 Iridium Partners Conference in Miami,” We are most excited about the new 9555 handset. Our clients demand smaller, more functional satellite phones and Iridium has come through for them.” Iridium CEO and Chairman Matt Desch announced the launch of the new 9555 handset at the opening session of the Conference.

“The 9555 is yet another example of our continuing investment in our products, services and infrastructure,” said Don Thoma, executive vice president, Marketing, Iridium. “In designing the 9555, we believe we have responded to our customers’ needs. In addition to delivering this sleek new handset, we also are known for excellent network reliability, which is why we offer the Iridium Network Quality Guarantee.”

GlobaFone ’s great clients thrive from our great value proposition – they trust us to provide vital communications,” Altman continued. “The 9555 handset is a great tool to bring to them that will support their critical activities.” GlobaFone clients include such organizations as FEMA, the MA Department of Public Health, Colgate Palmolive, Continental Airlines, Caterpillar and BAE Systems and others, many of whom may not be used in publically available documents.

“The 9555 is, by far, the phone that first responders will want to have on hand for backup emergency communications in case of natural or man-made disasters,” said Thoma. “Iridium phones are the only handsets that can be used in absolutely any location, in any condition, instead of cellular, landline or radio services that can become inoperable when towers go down or telecommunications infrastructure is compromised.”

GlobaFone offers five brands of satellite communications and VSAT service as well as cell phones that work around the globe.

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Now in its 11th year GlobaFone of Portsmouth, NH is an award-winning provider of global wireless phones to Federal, State and Local Governments, as well as corporate clients. GlobaFone’s solutions include cellular service for lease with roaming in over 200 countries as well as local cellular service in numerous locations and five brands of satellite communications. They provide their services to clients across the US as well as internationally. For more information please visit www.satellitephonestrighttalk.com