Both satellite phone service providers have their pros & cons. When it comes to choosing a provider, make sure you know what features you require (fast data, truly worldwide coverage) and approximately how many minutes you might need to use (is the phone just for emergencies or will you be making regular calls).
Only Iridium offers Complete Global Coverage at even the most remote points on earth (including oceans, airways & Polar Regions). If you can see the sky you can make a call. The Most Reliable portable sat phone, especially if you need coverage anywhere in Alaska. Best for Emergency or Limited Use (less than 500 min/year).
Same airtime rate globally
Good Voice Quality
Slow data speeds – recommended for sending/receiving emails only (files not larger than 200 KB)
2-way text messaging (up to 160 characters per message). Great way for people to contact you on your sat phone.
No position location (latitude & longitude)
All of the Globalstar satellites are to the south of Alaska. Therefore to get satellite service with Globalstar you need a good view to the southern sky.
“Included Minutes” apply to the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Additional charges apply for international calls.
Superb Voice Quality – Digital Cellular Voice Quality
About 4X faster data speed than Iridium
Only incoming text messages (up to 35 characters per message)
Position location included (latitude & longitude)