Because most of the camps restricted nighttime mobility for guests for safety reasons (wild animals roamed free), we quickly learned to make calls during the day. Making domestic and international calls was as easy and clear, except for a slight delay, as using a landline or portable phone.
For us, renting the phone in South Africa was the best option. We picked up the phone from a Globalcom representative when we arrived in Johannesburg and returned it just before leaving. This avoided security inspections of the phone and us for having it, saved us the weight in our hand luggage, and kept us from purchasing a phone we would have limited use for when we returned home.
List Price $900
Manufacturer-Distributor : Motorola
Release Date November 1998
Rental Fees Costs varied. Favorable per minute charges in Africa started at 99 cents a minute for connect time, some of the least expensive connectivity we found even when compared with cellular phone service.
Satellite Connection The satellite connections for the phone were provided by Iridium Satellite LLC.
Size 7.6” long x 2.44 wide x 2.66 deep
Stand By Maximum 16 hours
Talk Time Maximum of 2 hours
Technology Connected via 66 low earth orbiting (LEO) Boeing operated satellites at an altitude of 780 kilometers, Iridium provided voice and data connectivity in remote areas. Special satellite telephones were required.
Type Of Product Satellite phone
Weight 16 ounces
Call related: VibraCall™ alert, selectable ringer tone (10 choices), selectable keypad tone (3 choices), volume adjustment, auto redial notification (system busy), clear last digit/clear all digit, international key sequence (+ key), Quick Access Interphase, and unanswered call indicator
Memory: Phone numbered memory (100 locations), SIM card (155 locations), alpha name storage (recall by name or location), last 10 numbers dialed, memory scroll by location number, and one touch dialing
Usage: Electronic and automatic lock, display/change unlock code, display call timers, programmable audible timer, automatic display call timer, call restriction options and data capability (enquire about software and hardware requirements)
Other Meetings with customers were possible once an order was placed
Date Of Review June 2004
Number Of Days Tested Five weeks
Service The phone came with 24-hour/7 day a week support service on a toll free line. Charles Barber, our Globalcom Limited customer representative, was wonderful. We coordinated the rental dates and terms with him via email before we arrived in South Africa . When we arrived, he met us at our hotel near Johannesburg International Airport to deliver the phone and explain how to use it. We greatly appreciated his going the extra miles (the company offices are in central Johannesburg ) because we only had one afternoon in town. When we left South Africa , we spent only a few hours in the Johannesburg area. The same day we called, Charles braved Johannesburg ’s horrific traffic to pick up the phone right before we raced to the airport to catch our international flights.
Would You Use This Product Again? Yes