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Information Center: Globalstar Satellite Phones

By Dai Rees, InTouch Smartcards - Copyright 2004

The Globalstar system uses a constellation of 48 satellites in circular orbit providing total earth coverage between 72 degrees North and South. It offers clear, high-quality service accessing three wireless technologies: analog cellular (AMPS), digital cellular (CDMA), and the Globalstar satellite network.


* Four-line, 48 character display shows battery level, voice-mail
status, short messages received, and satellite signal strength.
* Position Location (GPS) can be obtained and displayed, if desired.
* Phone dimensions (with satellite antenna stowed): 7.75" x 2.25" x 1.75".
* Phone weight (with battery & charger): 1.2 lbs
* The complete package, as shipped by InTouch USA with accessories is 12" x 8" x 3.5". Weight 2 lbs 3.7 oz (925 grams)
* Accessories: AC Wall charger 120-240VAC. Also available upon request at no extra charge: Car cigarette lighter adapter/charger and satellite packet data cable extending the phone to a computer.
* Encryption (not provided in rental package) is available
* Data: Satellite Dial-up Data service and satellite packet data service available using a data kit provide 9.6 KBps CDMA data. The three-foot data cable connects the phone directly to an IBM-compatible computer (RS232-compatible serial port). The kit includes data cable, quick start card, and a CD-ROM containing manuals and software. 
N.B. Dial-up data can be used anywhere, packet data services only available in North America and the Caribbean areas.
* Operating temperature range from ?4F to 131F.
* Short Message Service (SMS) up to 19 characters.

Talk Time

* Globalstar mode 3.5 hours talk time, 9 hours standby
* CDMA Digital mode 4.5 hours talk time, 72 hours standby
* Analog 2.5 hours talk time, 14 hours standby

For the boating users, the Data Kit can be used with OCENS Station 20 weather software to access OCENS chart library via the Internet. Globalstar has developed special software to access this weather information covering any ocean region.

Countries served by Globalstar USA:

Technically, Globalstar can be accessed anywhere on earth between 72 North and 72 South. Globalstar has operating agreements which allows it to be used in the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Barbuda, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil (limited incoming calls), Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Colombia (outbound only), China (Taiwan), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic., Ecuador & Galapagos Isl., Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faeroes, Finland, France, Fr. Guiana, Fr. Antilles, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lebanon (outbound only), Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Monserrat, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia (outbound only), Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey (outbound only), Turks & Caicos, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine, USA (including Alaska), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Western Sahara, and Yemen.

Coming soon:

China, Hong Kong, Iran, Syria, Turkey.

We carry and support Globalstar Satellite phones.  You can Buy a Globalstar Phone online or by calling our toll free number 1-800-872-7626.  If you only need the Globalstar Satellite phone for a short period of time, you may wish to Rent a Globalstar Phone from our sister company InTouch USA

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