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Satellite phone from Spot
May 20, 2013 11:19PM
Spot expands lineup with satellite-powered Global Phone

The Spot Global Phone delivers voice and basic data to remote locations for $499.

Kent German
by Kent German | May 20, 2013 7:30 PM PDT

... Though most satellite phones tend to be bulky, the Spot Global weighs in at just 7 ounces. And at 5.3 inches high by 2.2 inches wide by 1.5 inches deep, it won't add a lot of heft to your pocket. Up top is a small color display, while down below is a standard alphanumeric keypad.

With no carrier subsidy, the Spot Global doesn't come cheap, but when compared with other satellite handsets that CNET has reviewed, the $499 price tag (plus a $50 activation fee) is quite reasonable. The monthly service plans, which range from 10 minutes per month for $25 to unlimited calling for $150, aren't outrageous either. (Annual plans are available as well.)

Battery life is rated at four hours of talk time and 36 hours of standby. Sure, that's less juice than some standard phones, but this isn't a device that you'll be using for hours on end. What's more, data use is limited to e-mail and file transfers.

avatar Re: Satellite phone from Spot
May 21, 2013 05:54PM
Reasonable? Rolling on floor laugh
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