IsatPhone 2: dependable voice services outside of terrestrial coverage
24 March 2014: Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today launched IsatPhone 2, an advanced handheld satellite phone, which offers dependable, high quality voice calls, text and email messaging outside of cellular and fixed network coverage. With a rugged handset design and an industry-leading eight hours of talk time (160 hours on standby), IsatPhone 2 joins Inmarsat’s top-selling IsatPhone Pro as the latest addition to the company’s handheld satellite phone portfolio, offering customers a choice of phone depending on their requirements and budget.
Extensive testing has shown that IsatPhone 2 has the longest battery life on the market for a handheld satellite phone, ensuring that it is ready and available when needed. The new phone operates over the ultra-reliable, globally available Inmarsat-4 constellation, ensuring that a user can stay in contact across the world.
Among its wide range of features, IsatPhone 2 provides an assistance button, which in an emergency sends GPS location data, together with a user-defined text message, to a pre-programmed number or email address. Additionally, the new satphone includes a tracking capability, which can be used to show a user’s location on an interactive map. Both the emergency and tracking features offer peace of mind to those whose jobs take them into volatile locations, providing the reassurance that the alarm can be raised at any time and that their location may be easily identified.
Inmarsat’s latest satphone has IK04 & IP65 rating and is dust, splash and shock resistant. It operates in a temperature range from -20°C to +55°C with a humidity tolerance up to 95 percent.
IsatPhone 2 features a toughened Gorilla glass display and is especially engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness and damage-resistance. The keypad also allows the phone to be used with gloves on and the rubber bumper provides a firm grip.
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “The IsatPhone 2 represents an important step forward in the capability of our satellite phone portfolio. This latest device demonstrates Inmarsat’s commitment to the satphone market and builds upon the remarkable success we have enjoyed already with the IsatPhone Pro.
“IsatPhone 2 is one of a suite of new products and services that Inmarsat is launching during the course of 2014, which cover both our new Ka-band generation of high-speed broadband services (Global Xpress) and our award-winning L-band services.”
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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L).