International Satellite Services News

IsatPhone Pro Release

Posted on Mon, Apr 19, 2010

New Complete Specs on Inmarat’s IsatPhone Pro. This has everyone in the industry talking

This new global handheld satellite phone due out in June by Inmarsat (IsatPhone Pro) has a longer battery life, clearer voice quality and will be priced more competitively than the competition.
The above mentioned specs alone are enough to get everyone in the industry excited for the release of this new technology into the market.
Longer battery life
No other satellite phone battery on the market offers this much battery life - up to 8 hours of talk time and as much as 100 hours on standby.
The IsatPhone Pro is the most robust of it’s kind – splash, dust and shock resistant, with an Ingress Protection rating of IP54 capable of functioning in the most extreme temperatures from -20 degrees Celsius to 55 degrees Celsius
This is also the only handheld satellite phone to be Bluetooth supported and it can be placed on its side to allow for hands-free use. As far as features, the phone will have also have text and email messaging, voicemail and data location info available for users to look up or send in via text message
Inexpensive airtime…relative to the competition
The phone itself has an intuitive interface with a clear color screen, and large keypad for easy dialing.
The MSRP is $699, however promotions are expected to provide a more realistic end user price of $500-600. Retail airtime rates will be around $1 per minute.
Representative Helen Stalker of Inmarsat says the “IsatPhone Pro raises the bar in the handheld satellite phone market. This phone works in just about any condition, from tropical humidity to freezing blizzards to rain storms and dust storms.”
Because of the long battery life, users can rely on this phone when they're in the middle of nowhere and have no other way of communicating. This is a totally reliable global network connection with great voice quality that anyone will be able to use. Not to mention that all these great features come with an extremely affordable price
This phone will primarily target the government, oil and gas, media and mining and construction sectors

New global handheld phone prepares for launch in June.

Posted on Mon, Feb 01, 2010

New global handheld phone prepares for launch in June.
The first images of IsatPhone Pro have been released to coincide with the announcement of the first call to be made using the new global handheld phone.
IsatPhone Pro, which will be launched in June, will offer satellite telephony - with Bluetooth for hands-free use - as well as voicemail, text and email messaging. Location data will also be available to the user to look up or send in a text message.
“The first call is a significant milestone, and we’re pleased with the voice quality in initial tests,” said Helen Stalker, commercial director of Global Satellite Phone Services at Inmarsat.
Robust handset
“IsatPhone Pro is the ultimate combination. It’s a robust handset that’ s easy to use, has long battery life, and offers a reliable global network connection.
“And it’s provided by Inmarsat, the market leader, with 30 years’ experience in providing global mobile satellite services.”
Isatphone Pro has successfully passed a number of key milestones ahead of its launch in June.
Ground network
The upgrade of Inmarsat’s ground network has been completed by Lockheed Martin, and further testing on the integration between the handset and the ground network continues as planned.
The handset itself has been developed by Sasken Communications Technologies, which has led similar programmes for most of the world’s top mobile phone operators.
Production of IsatPhone Pro is being undertaken by Elcoteq, the world’s third largest manufacturer of mobile phones, at its facility in Tallinn, Estonia.
Isatphone Pro is targeted initially at professional users in the government, media, aid, oil and gas, mining and construction sectors.
For more information about the IsatPhone Pro, visit our website at or call toll free 888-511-3403 and speak with one of our sales associates.


Posted on Tue, Jan 19, 2010

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Costa Rica's Directory

Posted on Tue, Dec 08, 2009

International Satellite Services, Inc moves into the Costa Rican market via Costa Rica's Tico Times Directory has been designed for your local and niche Costa Rica website and online searches. Whether it is searching for what season is the best fishing, wanting to venture into the jungle to see some rare bull frog or learn where the butterflies are, or just go to a Costa Rica Spanish school, to learn first hand the lingo, this is where you will hopefully find it. If you have a Costa Rica related website and/or article please feel free to submit. Our goal is to provide the best Costa Rica Directory in the World. We are growing, each day we add more links, so bookmark this site and keep coming back.

For those who have stumbled upon this website without a lesson in geolographical locations, Costa Rica is a country in Central America, with Nicaragua to the north, and the lagoon paradise of Panama, with its infamous Panama Canal to the south. The shores of this country touch two separate major bodies of water: the Caribbean Ocean to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Sailor firmware upgrade

Posted on Thu, Jul 02, 2009

There is now a firmware upgrade available for the Thrane & Thrane Sailor 250 and Sailor 500 FleetBroadband terminals.

Inmarsat strongly advises all end-users to upgrade to this new version to ensure continued good service in the I-4 Asia-Pacific region.

Although users in other regions are not affected, Inmarsat recommends that users in the I-4 Americas and I-4 EMEA regions download and install the firmware upgrade.

New features offered by the upgrade include:

  • New I-4 satellite region names and satellite positions
  • Web interface that indicates elevation angle towards the satellite
  • SIM PIN can now be enabled/disabled from Administration, and
  • Supports upcoming VoIP handset.

The AT command set has also been updated, as well as a number of other unique features. There are also a number of bug fixes incorporated, and as such Inmarsat strongly recommends installation of this upgrade.

Fleetbroadband 150 Has Arrived!

Posted on Tue, May 19, 2009

Entry-level broadband arrives for armada of smaller vessels

Large vessel connectivity comes to an armada of small leisure, fishing and merchant vessels with the launch of Inmarsat’s new entry-level FleetBroadband 150 service.

The new service, inaugurated in Miami, Florida, on 11 May, makes broadband communications even more accessible - delivering voice and IP data, plus SMS, up to 150kbps as standard.

Low-cost and with a competitive airtime package, the service supports a new range of FB150 terminals designed for smaller fishing, coastal merchant and leisure vessels with relatively low data requirements.

Weather reportsInmarsat’s maritime market manager Kyle Hurst said: “For smaller leisure vessels, FleetBroadband 150 is ideal for checking weather reports, email and for keeping in touch with the office or home.

“With fishing vessels, it will help them keep a competitive edge by knowing where the fish are and getting them to market at the best price. There are also new regulatory requirements on catch reporting that FleetBroadband 150 will help them meet.”

The new service was launched to customers, distribution partners and the media on a cruise around Biscayne Bay off Miami.

Challenging conditions

Sig Hansen, captain of one of the fishing vessels featured in the Discovery Channel documentary series Deadliest Catch, and Rick Deppe, a media crew member from the Volvo Ocean Race, currently stopping over in Boston, gave their insights into using FleetBroadband in some of the most challenging conditions at sea.

Inmarsat’s head of maritime business, Piers Cunningham, said: “The FB150 is not big, but it is clever. It is the world’s smallest, lightest and fastest satellite broadband terminal.”

FB150 terminals from Thrane & Thrane and Addvalue are expected to be available from mid June.

Are you prepared for the upcoming Hurricane Season?

Posted on Tue, May 05, 2009

Are you prepared for the upcoming Hurricane Season?

With less than 5 weeks remaining until hurricane season, now is the time to assess your satellite communications needs. International Satellite Services, Inc has prepared for this hurricane season by stocking a large inventory of both the Iridium 9505A and the NEW Iridium 9555 Handheld Satellite Phones. Both of these terminals provide global services, allowing users to send and receive voice and data transmissions, regardless of location AND during emergency situations when terrestrial connectivity is not possible. Please contact us now for special pricing.

Are you interested in a portable high speed data and simultaneous voice solution? The Wideye Sabre 1 BGAN Terminal by ISS is the perfect solution for browsing the web, sending/receiving emails and simultaneously making voice calls… all in one terminal. The Wideye is equipped with a range of common interfaces, providing connectivity options in the field and the swiveled antenna facilitates rapid and easy pointing for a satellite connection. Combined with its sub-laptop size, the terminal is ideal for single users in an emergency situation who need to set up a complete mobile office in frequently changing locations.

Contact us NOW at toll free 888.511.3403 or browse the website for our entire portfolio of Satellite Communications products and services.

New BGAN video highlights quick set-up and easy use

Posted on Wed, Mar 25, 2009

Inmarsat has created this new video - "Backpack to broadband in 3 minutes" - which illustrates how quick and easy it is to set up and use BGAN for voice calls, email, web browsing and videoconferencing applications.

The documentary-style film has been produced in English and dubbed into seven additional languages.

"The video reinforces the key messages in our 2009 print and online advertising campaign that BGAN is compact, truly portable, powerful and easy to use – anywhere," says Inmarsat marketing communications manager Clare Butler.

Ocean race video-call marks launch of global broadband

Posted on Fri, Feb 27, 2009

Andrew Cape

The arrival of global coverage for Inmarsat's pioneering FleetBroadband maritime communication service was celebrated over a live video-call link from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Inmarsat president Michael Butler in Sydney, Australia, spoke face to face with Andrew Cape, navigator for the Volvo Ocean Race yacht Il Mostro, as it sped for Cape Horn on the fifth leg of the Inmarsat-sponsored round-the-world race.

The video-call, made via FleetBroadband, marked the inauguration of Inmarsat's new I-4 Asia-Pacific coverage region, which became operational at 20:00 UTC on 24 February.

Media event
Michael spoke with Andrew Cape during a special media event staged by TC Communications, an Inmarsat service provider based in New South Wales.

Michael said: “This is an important milestone for Inmarsat, not just in its provision of mobile broadband services in Australia and across the whole of Asia Pacific, but in the services it delivers globally.

“We were established as a global operator, and seamless global coverage has always been at the core of our service provision.

“It reflects the requirements of the many different government and commercial sectors that we support, and underpins our commitment to those users,” he said.

Global coverage for FleetBroadband follows the successful conclusion of Inmarsat's I-4 satellite repositioning program, which has resulted in the creation of three new I-4 coverage regions:

Global coverage map

I-4 Americas – from 98 degrees West, covering the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
I-4 EMEA – from 25 degrees East, covering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans
I-4 Asia-Pacific – from 143.5 degrees East, covering the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

FleetBroadband users in Asia-Pacific will find their terminal automatically locks on to the new satellite, and they need take no additional action. However, some terminals may require software or upgrades or other user action. End-users should contact their equipment supplier if unsure.

Contact us NOW at toll free 888.511.3403 or visit us on the web for information on our entire portfolio of Satellite Communications products and services.

"Reliability to the Rescue" Offer Again Provides Credits Up to $700 For Customers Switching to Iridium

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2009

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium Satellite LLC announces that it is re-launching its popular "Trade-Up to Iridium" program, which provides pricing incentives for customers trading up from Globalstar to Iridium handsets and service. Iridium is re-initiating the program due to the much-publicized degradation of Globalstar's voice service. This follows the success of the initial Trade-Up to Iridium offer, which ran from January to September 2008, and responds to continued demand from Service Providers and customers.

"Iridium's goal is to ensure that satellite phone users have access to consistently reliable global satellite communications services," said Don Thoma, executive vice president, Marketing, Iridium. "Our network is now recognized to be the only satellite communications service that dependably provides a critical communications lifeline everywhere."

Effective February 20 to September 30, 2009, any Globalstar satellite phone user is eligible to trade in his or her handset for an Iridium satellite phone. The original program, which Iridium offered to government users, first responders, educational institutions and relief organizations, is now open to any end user from any market sector due to wide interest from non-public sector customers.

Through the Trade-Up to Iridium program, participating Iridium Service Providers based in North America will offer a credit of up to $400 on a new Iridium 9505A satellite phone to customers turning in an existing Globalstar handset. Participating Service Providers will also offer up to $300 in airtime credits when signing a customer for a qualified Iridium calling plan.
Participating Service Providers outside of North America will be able to offer similar incentives available through regional Trade-Up to Iridium programs.

"Iridium users have satellite phones because they often live, work and play in areas that lack adequate ground communications infrastructure," said Thoma. "Many are public safety and service organizations that rely on satellite links for mission-critical communications when disasters strike, and many large organizations have integrated Iridium into their business operations and emergency response plans. This is an excellent opportunity to trade-up to Iridium if your satellite phone must serve as a reliable, critical lifeline."