Low Cost FleetPhone from Inmarsat is now Commercially Available

by OldSailor on November 13, 2007


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A new low-cost maritime satellite communications service, called FleetPhone, has been launched by Inmarsat. Terminals are expected to retail at about US$1,500, with voice call charges less than US$1 per minute.

  • FleetPhone is the maritime version of Inmarsat’s IsatPhone and LandPhone satellite phone services, and is now commercially available for use in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean region. The service is expected to become globally available from the end of 2008.
  • FleetPhone is Inmarsat’s new satellite phone service for the maritime sector. Fleet phone comprises a compact terminal with integrated handset for below deck operation and a light weight omni directional antenna mounted above deck. Components are specifically designed for maritime requirements and built to marine grade. They are easily connected using the cable kit provided.
  • FleetPhone is ideal for
    • Crew calling
    • Bridge communications
    • Ship to Shore business calls
  • FleetPhone is suitable for master and crew on:
    • smaller fishing vessels
    • leisure craft
    • regional merchant fleets
  • Key benefits:
    • Low-cost
    • Easy to install
    • Designed for marine conditions
    • Suitable for multiple users
    • Main unit weighs approx 1.3 kg
    • Works on power supply – 10 to 28 volts DC
    • Has Call hold/waiting, Call forwarding, Call barring facilities

Coverage: Inmarsat’ s FleetPhone service is available in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean Regions on the Inmarsat-4 F1 satellite. The service is expected to become globally available from the end of 2008.



The map depicts Inmarsat’s expectations of coverage, but does not represent a guarantee of service. The availability of service at the edge of coverage fluctuates depending on various conditions.

* National regulatory conditions apply for land-based services.


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