A satellite phone is a unique type of mobile phone that instead of connecting to terrestrial cell sites which are used by ordinary mobile phones, it connects to a fixed orbit or equator satellites. This phone works just like an ordinary mobile phone in many ways where it has short messaging services, voice services and majority of these phones also have low bandwidth internet access. The network coverage of a satellite phone can vary from a small determined region to the whole world.
This means that they can work in a small geographical area and also it can be configured to be used in any place in the world. However, their reception is better in outdoor than indoors and hence they are used mainly by people participating in activates which can be done outdoors.
The main characteristic that make satellite phones stand out compared to other types of phones is that its network is rarely disturbed by natural things such as tornadoes, rain or earthquakes. This is unlike an ordinary phone which can only be used when the conditions are conducive and there are no network interruptions.
This makes the satellite phones ideal to be used in such situations where the ordinary phones cannot work. Such situations include during storms, while mining, while underwater, while mountain climbing, while ski diving, cycling, sailing, responding to disasters and operating tour services amongst others. Some of these activities are very popular in Australia consequently making the phone very popular.
A satellite phone also has the option of being fixed such as the ones used in ships. There are also those that have external connectors that can be readily installed in vehicles and buildings for people to communicate more easily. Furthermore, in the past these phones were big in size. but the modern ones are small almost like the ordinary mobile phones whose sizes are significantly smaller. Hence, a satellite phone is an important gadget which is commonly used in situations where ordinary phones are unable to communicate effectively.