I was offered a trade by the dealer I got my Global Star phone from and opted not to. Global Star give me a deal where I pay no monthly service fee but will pay 49 cents a minute for any calls I make on Global Star for as long as I like. Given that last year this would have only cost me $10 bucks (for the whole year) and even if the service was working properly wouldn't cost me more than $25 a month and only for the offshore season I decided to give them another shot.
I can't recall the specifics of the plan I had other than it was some quantity of minutes per year for a fixed ammount per month. You should call Globalstar right now and b!tch a little. Apparently this deal for no monthly fee and 49 cents a minute is something they are giving to keep people from bailing and going to Irridium. They aren't advertizing it and its only for existing customers not for new activations. My dealer told me about it as I was getting ready to wring his neck for selling that peice of sh!t to me last year. I had to call GS a day later regarding a hardware warranty issue and mentioned what the dealer said and they switched me over right way.
Glad to hear you made connections last year I gave up in early September and left it in the pelican case.
In the Big Game Journal. I believe it was Capt. Len who wrote some exstensive articles on Globalstar. Last year I could hardly get a signal. God forbid you had a emergency!! I got offered the same plan as you Carlynewlondon. I figure I will try Globalstar out during the Shark season and hopefully they made some improvements. If not Iridium Here I come. FYI The Majority of the city and State Agencies in New York all Purchased Iridiums right after 9/11. Did they know something we didn't?
I tried to cancel my account which was costing 60.00 per month.They told me i could pay as i use the phone. I Have almost thrown that phone in the water. I will give it one more season.
i think it is .39 or .49 per minute.
If you are a Globalstar customer they are now offering Iridium phones and air time plans at a big discount through a third party seller. How does unlimited minutes for $20/month sound? Rent the phone from them for 3 years and at the end of the term turn in the Iridium unit and get a free Globalstar phone. They also gave me 600 free minutes on my Globalstar phone for another year with no monthly charges whatsoever. If you are still a customer call their retentions department! They are actually very friendly...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ? Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station.
NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the crash, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday.
"We knew this was going to happen eventually," said Mark Matney, an orbital debris scientist at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
NASA believes any risk to the space station and its three astronauts is low. It orbits about 270 miles below the collision course. There also should be no danger to the space shuttle set to launch with seven astronauts on Feb. 22, officials said, but that will be re-evaluated in the coming days.
The collision involved an Iridium commercial satellite, which was launched in 1997, and a Russian satellite launched in 1993 and believed to be nonfunctioning. The Russian satellite was out of control, Matney said.
The Iridium craft weighed 1,235 pounds, and the Russian craft nearly a ton.
No one has any idea yet how many pieces were generated or how big they might be.
"Right now, they're definitely counting dozens," Matney said. "I would suspect that they'll be counting hundreds when the counting is done."
As for pieces the size of micrometers, the count will likely be in the thousands, he added.
There have been four other cases in which space objects have collided accidentally in orbit, NASA said. But those were considered minor and involved parts of spent rockets or small satellites.
Nicholas Johnson, an orbital debris expert at the Houston space center, said the risk of damage from Tuesday's collision is greater for the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth-observing satellites, which are in higher orbit and nearer the debris field.
At the beginning of this year there were roughly 17,000 pieces of manmade debris orbiting Earth, Johnson said. The items, at least 4 inches in size, are being tracked by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, which is operated by the military. The network detected the two debris clouds created Tuesday.
Litter in orbit has increased in recent years, in part because of the deliberate breakups of old satellites. It's gotten so bad that orbital debris is now the biggest threat to a space shuttle in flight, surpassing the dangers of liftoff and return to Earth. NASA is in regular touch with the Space Surveillance Network, to keep the space station a safe distance from any encroaching objects, and shuttles, too, when they're flying.
"The collisions are going to be becoming more and more important in the coming decades," Matney said.
Iridium Holdings LLC has a system of 65 active satellites which relay calls from portable phones that are about twice the size of a regular mobile phone. It has more than 300,000 subscribers. The U.S. Department of Defense is one of its largest customers.
The company has spare satellites, and it is unclear whether the collision caused an outage. An Iridium spokeswoman had no immediate comment.
Initially launched by Motorola Inc. in the 1990s, Iridium plunged into bankruptcy in 1999. Private investors relaunched service in 2001.
Iridium satellites are unusual because their orbit is so low and they move so fast. Most communications satellites are in much higher orbits and don't move relative to each other, which means collisions are rare.
Iridium Holdings LLC, is owned by New York-based investment firm Greenhill & Co. through a subsidiary, GHL Acquisition Corp., which is listed on the American Stock Exchange. The shares closed Wednesday down 3 cents at $9.28.
AP science writer Seth Borenstein in Washington and AP technology writer Peter Svensson in New York contributed to this report.
I owned a Globalstar for 2 years during which time I found it useless (would not connect). Finally switched to Iridium last year and got my connection and stayed connected every time I used it. I consider the sat phone an important part of the safety gear on my charter boat. In the event of an emergency I need it to work..somone's life could depend on it. My advice...Pay the extra and buy Iridium.