Mathews Inc.
Satellite Phone Rental
Caribou
Contributors to this thread:
Tilzbow 10-Aug-23
Nick Muche 10-Aug-23
Tilzbow 10-Aug-23
Nick Muche 10-Aug-23
WI Shedhead 10-Aug-23
DaveLemaster 10-Aug-23
Bou'bound 10-Aug-23
jmail20 10-Aug-23
Tilzbow 10-Aug-23
BOWUNTR 11-Aug-23
Nick Muche 11-Aug-23
APauls 11-Aug-23
Mathewsphone 11-Aug-23
From: Tilzbow
10-Aug-23
I’m looking for a recommendation for company to rent an Iridium satellite phone from. Background and trip details follow.

A group of us are heading to Kotzebue in a few weeks to hunt for caribou. Hunt duration is 5 days, plus 1 day in and out so 7 days minimum and would like an extra week just in case of weather delays on the front and/or back end. I’d like to rental a satellite phone for the trip. The transporter is recommending an Iridium phone so I’m looking for a recommendation for a company to rent from along with a model. Phone will only be used in case of emergency and to briefly check in with family for a minute or two every couple of days.

From: Nick Muche
10-Aug-23

Nick Muche's Link
An Inreach would likely be better, but this place rents them here in Anchorage.

Satellite Phone Store 751 E 36th Ave Unit 105, Anchorage

From: Tilzbow
10-Aug-23
Don’t want an Inreach.

I should’ve been more clear that the main use would be for medical emergencies and the ability for direct live voice communication with the transporter or emergency personnel would be better in that circumstance.

Connecting with family for a few minutes every other night would be a side benefit but not a primary need.

From: Nick Muche
10-Aug-23
Sweet, then rent a phone.

From: WI Shedhead
10-Aug-23
Most transporters prefer an inreach and texting nowadays. In field emergency when it hits the fan is quicker with that unit then digging for a phone in your pack. Good luck on your hunt and your phone search. Our group will be in kotzebue 9/16

From: DaveLemaster
10-Aug-23
I am using one from here next month. www.oerentals.com

From: Bou'bound
10-Aug-23
Rent from Bluecosmo

From: jmail20
10-Aug-23
Have used this company a couple times with no problems and found their rates to be pretty good. https://globalcomsatphone.com/phone-rentals-iridium/

From: Tilzbow
10-Aug-23
Thanks for the recommendations gents!

From: BOWUNTR
11-Aug-23
Surveyors in Anchorage. Inreach is great but text delays are a problem. I take both. Ed F

From: Nick Muche
11-Aug-23
Better to be safe than sorry!

From: APauls
11-Aug-23
new iPhones have satellite communication as well for SOS. you wouldn’t get to talk every night but you would have the SOS ability. So depending where your phone plan is at take that into consideration. Maybe take the rental $ and stick it into a new phone. Gotta hope that one day they offer subscription options direct from the phone.

From: Mathewsphone
11-Aug-23
I don't know much but I rented one from cellhire verizon for my trip next week to Alaska.

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