You have a cell phone, but what about a satellite phone?
When you use a cell phone your phone converts your voice into an electrical signal which then gets transmitted via radio waves to the nearest cell tower. These towers then relay that to your friends phone and so on. You see, a cell phone relies on cell towers, without these towers the phones just cant work.
Satellite phones however, don’t need land-based towers to work as they rely on receiving their signal from satellites in space.
You will already understand that there are places you just cant use your cell phone as you cant get a signal. Satellite phones are designed to work in places where your cell phone doesn’t. You could be in the middle of the sea or up a high mountain and still be in contact with your family and friends. This is highly important, especially in a SHTF scenario where towers may be down. It doesn’t really matter where in the world you are, from a built up city, the middle of the ocean, or the remotest of wilderness areas, you can make contact with the outside world.
None of us know what the next disaster is going to be or how severe it will be but we can be prepared for it. If a cell tower goes down during a disaster, the whole network becomes compromised and there is a much greater chance of the network becoming overloaded or even completely failing.
Choosing a Satellite Phone
Satellite phones aren’t cheap but you can always guarantee communication. They aren’t too much bigger than your cell phone nowadays and to be fair, they can do pretty much the same. Although they may appear expensive, depending on use, they can actually turn out to be cheaper than your cell phone as satellite airtime is usually cheaper than your typical cell roaming charges.
Satellite airtime can be purchased the same way also, prepaid or on a monthly service contract but there are a few things that you need to consider before purchasing a satellite phone, these include:
- Handset cost
- Ease of use
- Airtime pricing plans
- Geographic coverage requirements: global or regional
- What functionality you need (GPS, tracking, panic alarm, etc.)
- Data capabilities including email, text, and messaging
Don’t get me wrong, satellite phones also have their limitations. As an example, they won’t usually work inside buildings or other structures. I am not trying to tell you that they are a replacement for your cell phones because they are not but in a disaster situation, you will be glad that you had one.
So Why Choose a Satellite Phone?
- It is designed to help you – Satellite phones have been designed to help out in emergency situations where regular cell phones may fail.
- You’re always in reach – When in an emergency situation, you need to let others know that you are OK as well as check up on their condition also. If you need help, a satellite phone will make sure you make that vital contact. They are not just for calls either, you can receive phone calls, short emails and text messages.
- Simple to use – Believe me, satellite phones are not hard to use at all and are just as easy, if not easier to use that your cell phone.
Always keep a satellite phone with the quick-start guide with your disaster kit and you can be sure that no matter the situation, you can always contact friends and family and let them know that you are safe.