Inmarsat is the least consumer-friendly satellite operator. In fact, it’s most comfortable selling large contracts to heavy industry. But its recently released compact handset is available through several rental companies. It may be small for a satellite phone, but it’s not like your iPhone. The IsatPhone Pro is as heavy as a brick at 9.8 ounces, but it does have an astonishing eight hours of talk time and 100 hours standby. The phone is shock, splash, and humidity resistant, and has GPS built-in. Like Globalstar, Inmarsat doesn’t reach the North and South poles.
PRICE: $600. AIRTIME: around $1 per minute. RENTAL FEE: around $65 per week.