Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Andorra.
Interest: hiking, backpacking, scrambling, climbing
As long as the signal gets to the call centre in texas, there doesn't seem to be a problem with the system from there on.
Iridium has been the better satphone for a long time, but GlobalStar has been sending up more satellites recently and will be continuing, so things might be getting better there.
What I hadn't realized at first was that the satellites are keyed so coverage is better during the day, but much less covered in the evening/night. Also the fact that around here, what you really need is a view as far to the south horizon as possible, rather than so much just big sky above.
as above, I think different people have different needs, and it's certainly important to figure out what works best for what you need individually.