As the spring and summer months approach us, it’s time for some industries to start up again and venture off into remote areas across Canada. The marine, forestry, and mining industries operate in distant places that more often than not, do not have adequate cell service.
Safety is crucial for their job and so is communication which is why they turn to Metro Mobile to have their team equipped with the proper devices.
One tool used by these industries is the satellite phone. These devices can operate globally, even in the most desolate and remote areas, and are a great option for those working offshore and needing to get in touch with people on the mainland.
But there are always downsides to every device, and Metro Mobile has created this article to explore the pros and cons of the satellite phone. Perhaps your crew needs a different kind of communication solution, and we’re here to help.
Some pros of the satellite phone
Satellite radios offer greater flexibility and usability compared to traditional two-way radios.
1. They do not require a network to operate
As the name suggests, these digital devices work with satellites located in the thermosphere and exosphere of the Earth’s atmosphere. These satellites are high above Earth and therefore can transmit their signals to and from the handheld device with ease.
2. Inability to shut down a network
Since satellite phones do not rely on a network, it is impossible for governments to have any control or influence on communication because they don’t interfere with satellites.
3. Fast internet speed
Due to the nature of the satellite phone, the internet speed is considerably higher than a typical device that is connected to a network.
The cons of the satellite phone
Satellite phones have a few downfalls which may make you rethink your communication solution.
1. They can be big and heavy
Satellite phones are almost always rather big and heavy, especially if you need to carry them around with you all day. Furthermore, their size doesn’t make the device have any more useful features or capabilities, such as a smartphone.
They are more akin to a phone with only the most basic functions including receiving calls and text messages.
2. On-going costs
The cost of sending and receiving calls and text messages is very high with satellite phones.
3. Noticeable delay in communication
There can be a noticeable delay in transmitting messages with a satellite phone. Users will likely need to wait a few moments to get a reply and although that doesn’t sound like much time, it can be irritating to those who are used to having instant communication with their smartphones.
How do I know if I need a satellite phone?
If your business is operating offshore or extremely remote locations then you may need to be equipped with satellite phones. However, digital two-way radios are a superior option for most industries.
If you are looking for radio rentals, radio repairs, or want to purchase radios for your business, you can contact a team member at Metro Mobile Radio. If you want to find an industry-specific radio, you can talk to one of our experts and we can find the best two-way radio for you.