This is a limited time promotion ending April 1, 2015. You can get a FREE Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone when you trade-in an operable Iridium 9500/9505a/9555/9575 or Inmarsat IsatPhone PRO and activate a Galaxy 480 Globalstar Trade-In Plan or Orbit 40 Globalstar Trade-In Plan with a 24-month service agreement. Early termination of your plan prior to the end of the 24-month commitment period results in a $250 hardware charge and early cancellation charges. Additional terms and conditions. Please call us at 615-889-8833 for complete details.
Globalstar handheld satellite phones provide regional coverage for voice and 9.6 kbps data. Outfitter Satellite recommends Globalstar for any user operating within the ORANGE colored parts of the coverage map, which indicate the Primary Globalstar Service Area. The yellow regions represent the Extended Globalstar Service Area, where the customer may experience weaker signal. The gray regions represent the Fringe Globalstar Service Area, where customers should expect to experience the weakest signal. The solid red line indicates the Globalstar Home Zone, within which there are no roaming charges as long as the Globalstar phone is kept registered on a Home Zone gateway. The customer is advised that the Globalstar Home Zone includes areas outside the Primary Globalstar Service Area.
Globalstar offers a variety of low-cost plans with varying-sized monthly or annual bundles of minutes. The bundled minutes apply to calls terminating in the USA, Puerto Rico, or Canada while the Globalstar phone is inside the Home Zone using gateways inside the Home Zone. The bundle minutes also apply to calls received on the Globalstar phone while it is inside the Home Zone using gateways inside the Home Zone. See our service agreement for complete details.
Calls made from outside the Home Zone or made using gateways outside the Home Zone are considered roaming calls and roaming charges apply. Roaming is currently not available in the areas inside the light blue line (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador and the surrounding oceans). Globalstar is working towards resolving this issue. There also are technical issues impacting connectivity and service levels inside the region indicated by the light green line.
Globalstar service is a satellite radio technology subject to transmission limitations caused by type of terrain, service area limits, customer equipment use and other variable conditions including the functionality and orbital locations of the satellites themselves.
Globalstar began commercial service in late 1999. It was originally designed to use 48 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites orbiting 878 miles above the earth in concert with a network of gateway stations. If a Globalstar satellite can simultaneously connect to your Globalstar satellite phone and one of these Globalstar gateways, your call can be routed. This is called "bent pipe" signal routing, and it is designed to provide high sound quality with limited call drops. An ingenious aspect of the Globalstar design was its use of multiple path diversity. If multiple satellites can communicate with your Globalstar satellite phone, the call is automatically switched to route over the satellite with the strongest signal. This is intended to reduce the likelihood of call drops.
In 2007, Globalstar experienced technical problems with the S-band amplifiers in its satellites and this dramatically reduced its ability to provide two-way voice and data services. Over $1 billion was invested in developing a second generation of satellites. By early 2013, Globalstar had successfully launched 24 new second generation satellites which combined with the 8 first generation satellites launched in 2007 to make a total current constellation of 32 satellites. Additional upgrades to the Globalstar gateways are underway to further improve the performance of the network.