Worldwide Coverage: Satellite Mobile Phones and Connectivity

Hiker using a satellite phoneThe last few decades have seen a massive shift in communications. From having to use stationary telephone receivers in kitchens to broadcasting a live video on the top of a mountain, we have made huge strides in staying connected with people anywhere on this Earth, thus making it smaller.

One such advancement is the rise of mobile satellite services, otherwise known as MSS. This refers to a network of interconnected satellites which create a widespread channel for a variety of communications devices, such as telephones and computers.

Imagine being calling someone in Berlin from Ayers Rock. This is possible with MSS. MSS boasts of unprecedented reception—where you might experience dropping wireless signals; mobile satellite phones will still be able to communicate with each other. This is because sufficient satellite coverage can connect two phones from anywhere in the world.

Who Can Use Mobile Satellite Phones?

Those who travel on vast uninhabited expanses of land would find great use for mobile satellite phones. Because of their powerful reception capabilities, they can be perfect for military operations, research, or plain exploring (for those who can afford it—satellite phones can be quite expensive!). For instance, a geologist out on assignment may contact headquarters from the next continent when observing terrain differences.

The only disadvantage of using mobile satellite phones is that they cannot be used in an area that has been closed off. For them to work, they have to be within the line of sight of a satellite. For this reason, cellular phones can outclass mobile satellite phones for everyday uses.

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Since we spend most of our time indoors, the smartphone we have come to know and love is best for us. Mobile satellite handsets, however, are best used for communicating from a place where there is no cell signal or Internet connectivity available.