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18 November 2010


Global Telesat Communications (GTC), specialists in marine satellite communications solutions, has launched a ground breaking rental scheme for everyone looking to solve their short term communications requirements at minimum cost.

Offering market leading Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya handheld communications equipment, GTC has a rental solution that will cover all parts of the globe and do so economically at agreed and fixed costs.

The rental scheme will suit anyone requiring satellite communications on a temporary basis, whether it’s a rescue team going into a disaster zone, a charity fundraising expedition or a family sailing across an ocean. GTC will help with selection of the right equipment for the purpose and can put together a package that results in affordable and fixed or predictable costs. The chosen equipment is prepared and delivered in good time for the rental start date and, at the end of the hire period, it is checked over and any outstanding costs for use are deducted from the security deposit lodged with GTC at the start of the hire, the balance being returned immediately to the customer.

GTC is currently offering the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro, the Iridium 9555, the Thuraya SO-2510 and Thuraya XT handsets for rent.

Upfront rental costs include a set up fee of £15 (all prices quoted exclude VAT), which covers postage, activation and traffic reports, and a refundable deposit related to the individual value of the equipment. For an Iridium 9555 the refundable deposit is £750, for a Thuraya XT £650, a Thuraya SO-2510 costs £400 as does an Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro.

To keep things simple and help customers with their budgeting, all weekly charges are the same, no matter which handset you rent, and all airtime beyond that included in the rental plan is charged at the same rates. The weekly charge under Option 1, which does not include any airtime, is £35, while Option 2, at £75, includes 35 minutes of airtime and Option 3 gives you 70 minutes for £105.

Should you need to use the satellite phones for more than the included minutes, GTC charges £1.50 per minute for outgoing voice calls to fixed or mobile phones, 75p per minute to same satellite network phones, £8.00 per minute to other satellite networks and 60p per SMS text message.

Besides the phone handsets themselves, GTC can offer a range of practical accessories, including spare batteries, in-car chargers, travel chargers, solar chargers for use in remote locations and compatible data cables.

The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro offers worldwide coverage, apart from the Poles, with the handset measuring 170mm x 54mm x 39mm and weighing 279g. This is Inmarsat’s first handheld satphone and offers text and GPS location data in addition to voice communications. Battery life is 8 hours’ talk time and 100 hours on standby; data will follow in 2011.

The Iridium 9555 offers its users complete global communications (voice and data) and is built to be water, shock and dust resistant, making it widely applicable for expedition and remote location use. It can be operated ‘hands free’ with a dedicated headset. The phone measures 143mm x 55mm x 30mm and weighs 266g.

Thuraya’s phones offer voice and data coverage in over 70 per cent of the world and more than 140 countries. The SO-2510 is the smallest and lightest satphone on the market, weighing 130g and measuring 118mm x 53mm x 18.8mm. However, despite its small size, it’s rugged and offers GPS location tracking, fax and data streaming.  The Thuraya XT offers both voice satcomms plus emailing and, when linked to a PC or laptop, it can be used for surfing the internet. The handset has been ‘ruggedised’ to make it resistant to dust, water and shocks. It measures 128mm x 53mm x 26.5mm and weighs 193g.
Commenting on the launch of the company’s new rental scheme, Jenna Phipps, International Sales and Marketing Manager for Global Telesat Communications said, “We believe our rental scheme will meet the needs of everyone requiring global communications occasionally or over a single short period. The costs are predictable and controlled and the equipment is the latest and very best available.”

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Notes to Editors:
Global Telesat Communications (GTC) is based in London, and provides sales and technical advice on all types of satellite communication systems. GTC is also a specialist agent for Inmarsat, Thuraya, and Iridium, and prides itself on customer service, and is partnered with Global Telesat Corp based in New York, so is able to offer its customers the very best deals available for all of areas of satellite technology. Expert staff will advise on the satellite products needed to meet specific requirements. The product is then dispatched with next day delivery, or within 5 working days for international orders. All products are sent out with the latest firmware updates installed, and with a 1-year warranty.

For further information, please contact:
Global Telesat Communications Ltd, 43 – 45 Portman Square, London, W1H 6HN.
Telephone: +44 (0)207 969 2866. 
Email: info@globaltelesat.co.uk


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