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The Top 10 Reasons to Own Iridium Satellite Phones

10)  Global coverage:  There simply is no other satellite phone that offers coverage over every square foot of our big blue planet.  Iridium works everywhere!

9) Network reliability: At any time there always one, usually two, and frequently three satellites overhead.  That means that no matter where you are, odds are you will pick up the network and get calling pronto.

8) Many options:  Iridium has a couple of handheld phones to choose form as well as Vale-Added partners that build fixed phones, docking stations, specialty products – all kinds of solutions for whatever you need.

7) A full kit: When you buy an Iridium phone, it comes with a wall charger with international plugs, a car charger, phone case, mag-mount antenna, antenna adapter, hands free and a User Guide.  It is the most complete handheld phone kit available

6) Tough guy, eh?  The Iridium 9575 phone is the first mil-spec phone built to take the harshest abuse.  It is designed to withstand shock, water and dust.  My teenagers cannot break it.

5) Built-in GPS: Iridium is the only provider that offers GPS tracking capability and an SOS panic button.  Think about the lives put at risk looking for lost hikers (for example), which could easily be found at the press of a button.

4) Value-Added Service Providers: In most cases when you buy an Iridium phone, you’ll receive it in a box and you have to set it up; kind of a pain, but not too bad if you are setting up just one phone.  A nightmare if you are setting up 20, 50, 80 phones.  Providers like GlobaFone of Portsmouth, NH will set up and assemble your phone so you can use it right out of the shipping box.

3) Resources to learn how to use the phone: There are at least a dozen videos that demonstrate how to use your Iridium phone to make and receive calls and voicemail.

2) Pooling airtime: Iridium is the only network under which your Service Provider can create a custom pooled airtime plan.  Many do not, but it is important for you to know it is possible and if your provider doesn’t pool airtime that is a choice they make that costs you more money.

1) Piece of mind: You have an Iridium satellite phone.  You have the most reliable satellite phone with the broadest coverage in the world.

Of Chicken Hats and Satellites

I admit it – I have a chicken hat.  I’ve not had it long so I haven’t worn it much (yet!). There is a connection to my chicken hat and Satcom.

I got my chicken hat because I am a volunteer at the FIRST Robotics Championship that took place last weekend in St. Louis. MO.  I served as the Pit Announcer, letting the teams know about logistical information, spare parts requests and even signing the teams out of the Pit at night (the Pit is where the teams work on their robots before and after competitive matches).  First of all (bad pun), you have to go to www.usfirst.org and check out the amazing world of robotics competitions.  Dean Kamen founded FIRST Robotics 20 years ago – FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and the annual robotics competition draws hundreds of teams from around the world.  Teams that attend have won a regional competition or another award.  Call it the “brain-i-ac” Olympics where teams help each other before they compete against each other (called Co-Operation) and the winners are an alliance of three teams where ‘gracious professionalism, safety and fun’ are the ruling mantras.  You’ve never seen anything like a FIRST Robotics competition, I promise, and I urge you to get your kids involved.  Not so coincidentally, GlobaFone sponsors Team 131 CHAOS from Central High School in Manchester, NH.  So back to my chicken hat….

Team 3932, the Cockadoodle Dominators from Chickasha, OK gave me one of their special chicken hats.  You can see a story about the team here.

Okay, FIRST Robotics is really cool and I have a chicken hat.  So how is this related to Satcom?  Simple.

Satellites are small tin cans, or big tin cans flying around the planet making communications available where there is no terrestrial infrastructure.  That is amazing.  FIRST Robotics is amazing.  But that is not the point.  One must wonder, which parts of the Satcom infrastructure and ecosystem were born of a ‘what if?’ moment by a brilliant mind, such that you find within the FIRST teams?  FIRST alumni go on to do all kinds of great work and Satcom systems are the brainchildren of such lofty thinking.  In addition, some of the major FIRST Robotics sponsors include Boeing, BAE systems, NASA, SAIC, Intel, the Air Force and other high tech leaders.  Is there a connection?  You bet!  These organizations understand that these kids – FIRST Robotics alumni – are the among the pioneers of the technology of the future.  While their organizations will benefit from having FIRST Alumni as employees, we all benefit from those types of relationships.  I have no specific way to know, but I would argue that developments in Satcom are a result of the brain-i-ac genre –  ‘What If?’, or as I call it “let’s find out’ thinking.

So all hail FIRST Robotics, Chicken Hats and Satcom.  All three are amazing and speak to the ingenuity of innovative thinking.

Lou Altman to Speak at the Disaster Management Summit

CEO to share knowledge and experience in the satellite communications segment with Houston conference attendees on August 19, 2010.

GlobaFone, a leading announced that CEO Lou Altman will speak at the in Houston, TX on August 19, 2010. “We look forward to Lou joining the Disaster Management Summit in Houston as a speaker,” said Ann Pham, Disaster Response Summit Director of Events. “We are very pleased that Lou will share his experience and core organizational information. Lou’s experience, knowledge and expertise in are all infinitely valuable to all attendees.”

supports a diverse client base by providing an impressive portfolio of global communications solutions with a particular emphasis in the satellite segment. “I’m looking forward to once again sharing the story,” said Lou Altman. He continued, “With new products, new launches and M&A activity, the industry is constantly changing, so there is always new information to deliver.”

During and after a disaster satellite communication are integral in helping any organization reach emergency professionals, employees, getting a company back up and running, along with many other pertinent issues. Satellite communications have proven to be the most reliable source of communication in any type of emergency situation.

The conference is being held at the Houstonian Hotel and Spa on August 19. Attendees include executives who play a key role in the safety and risk management of successful businesses or are responsible for tenants in a commercial building. Disasters strike any time and being prepared is the key factor whether an organization recovers successfully.

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

June 2008 – Satellite Phone Straight Talk – No Nonesense Here!

 The world is a pretty wild and wooly place; dozens if not hundreds of , and are out there, all jockeying for your attention.  And many of them will say anything to win your business.   Often times, information is incomplete, mis-leading and downright inaccurate.  Let’s be honest—from debatable claims of ‘lowest price’ to ‘best service’ there is A LOT of noise out there.  How many times have you been totally underwhelmed by what the other guys are saying or the service they provide to you?  It’s pretty staggering, really.  

 At we’ve had enough of the nonsense so we created the ; written with the sole purpose of providing thought-provoking ideas and, well, straight talk on the topic at hand.   As an objective provider of we are not beholden to any one , so we can fairly evaluate what is out there and offer truly objective commentary on the various solutions.  Other providers frequently only provide one solution so they can only speak of that solution and demerit all others.  In our opinion this is really not very helpful to you, the telecom professional or program manager who must sift through this noise and get the …..  You need clear, concise objective information to help you make good decisions.

Please go to where you will find the that will help you get to the bottom line regarding programs.

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March 2008 Newsletter – INMARSAT I-4 satellite launch delayed

Proton Breeze M rocket fails to place Dish Network HDTV satellite in orbit. INMARSAT to review use of launch vehicle for F3 launch

On Saturday 15th March, INMARSAT was informed by International Launch Services (ILS) that its launch of another operator’s on a Proton Breeze M rocket had suffered an anomaly, resulting in the failure of the mission.

The Proton rocket failed to place the into a high enough orbit, leaving it about 5,000 miles below the desired orbit. It may take up to two years to place the at the proper altitude.

INMARSAT has contracted with ILS to launch the third -4 using the same Proton launch vehicle from Kazakhstan in late April 2008. However, in view of this incident they have suspended plans to ship the -4 F3 to the launch site.

expects the launch to be postponed pending an investigation of the launch failure by ILS and the Russian State Commission and does not expect the delayed launch to have any long-term material implication for the expansion of INMARSAT service. and ILS are reviewing the options to proceed with the launch schedule.

You can count on Globafone to keep you informed developing situation. Please call us if you have any questions about this story or ’s data services.