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    inmarsat - isatphone2 - artic coverage really happening?

    is the arctic coverage really happening? if so, doesn't this negate a lot of the plusses of iridium (unless you go to the antarctic)?

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    Are you planning a trip there? Not exactly a major tourist destination.
    Just another day in paradise.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Port View Post
    Are you planning a trip there? Not exactly a major tourist destination.
    yeah...getting close...svalsbard next month and the northern norway border w/ russia (assuming we're not in ww3 at that time)...maybe greenland next year

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    Wish I could offer any information about your original question, but that is far above my pay grade or personal experience. I do hope you have a good and safe trip. Please share your phone experience using inmarsat - isatphone2 with the community. Somebody may find it necessary to use those services.

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    It appears that INMARSAT plans to place two satellites in, what amounts to, a Molniya orbit to provide service to provide service to the Artic but apparently not to the Antarctic. This service is not shown on current coverage maps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    It appears that INMARSAT plans to place two satellites in, what amounts to, a Molniya orbit to provide service to provide service to the Artic but apparently not to the Antarctic. This service is not shown on current coverage maps.

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    Don't bet on this being usable for handheld satellite phone service. The isatphone series runs on older technology and connects to the previous gen I4 satellites. The Global Express Ka-Band satellite network (which the arctic satellites are set to join) are for broadband and spot data. You'll need a terminal to connect to it.

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