Globalstar Sat-Fi

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  1. jim

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    Does anyone have any experience with globalstar sat-fi? It sounds like a good alternative to your typical sat phone in that it lets you use your own smart phone offshore for voice calls and texts. I was just wondering if you get hit with any hidden bullshit like roaming charges or any other little suprises. Also wondering about the service. Thanks
     
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    i have had one for about 2 1/2 years. its been great so far. calls texts have not been any problem. very easy to use/ figure out. i have the 500 bucks a year plan, suites my needs. they do ding ya for a signup or initial charge fee.. like 200 or so.. (they should mention that).
    i see they now offer "satfi 2", not sure of the differences.
    mine has the black box mounted in the boat, its non portable, antenna is mounted on the roof.
    using your existing phone was a selling point for me, already has all contacts in it etc.
     
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    Thanks for the info...so there are no extra charges from your phone company? That is what I was worried about roaming or data charges? Using my own phone is also the selling point for me. Thanks again.
     
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    no extra charges from regular carrier..
    it was (for me) a little tricky to figure out how to NOT have the phone automatically pick up the satfi in the boat every time you get on..
    like when you have a inshore trip and have regular service, but the phone is synced with the satfi.. just need to use the settings and have your cell phone ask what wifi you want to log into..
    im not a techy guy at all, ive only broken 1 ever by accident, but i have smashed a few out of frustration..
    so.... its a simple app thing, that works easily
     
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    Jay, why wouldn't you want your signal to go to Satfi when inshore ? do the charges change ? I have lost 1 over the side (Accident) and 2 over the side by Design !!:eek: :)


    . I miss my old Analog Boat phone.
     
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    hey mud, because your phone then is using the "satfi" wifi.. instead of your regular wifi
     
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    Ahhh i guess that's better. :)
     
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    OK Thanks for the info. My Globalstar 1700 didn't survive its first trip after dropping the first call for the fifth time in clear skies and calm seas 70 miles from the beach. I hope this works out better. Thanks again.
     
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