Inmarsat will deliver its new mobile satellite phone on March 24 next. IsatPhone 2 target the high end market of satellite telephony. Described as "a fine device combined with a feeling of high quality", it has additional options and more features than the previous model IsatPhone Pro (²), such as GPS tracking, emergency button or the receipt of calls with the folded antenna.
Offered at a higher price than IsatPhone Pro, However, it retains an excellent quality/price ratio. This new phone should appeal to specific users, especially those who seek to replace older satellite phone (implied : another brand). In parallel, the IsatPhone Pro model will continue to be marketed as a satellite phone entry level low cost. Thus with two models, differentiated by price and performance, Inmarsat will target customers in two complementary markets.
Waterproof IP65, IsatPhone 2 differs by a distress call function and, thanks to its built-in GPS, tracking capability via a subscription to a specialty service, as Iridium 9575 Extreme.
It is featured with a more powerful antenna that the first model, that allows a two times faster satellites acquisition (about half a minute), significantly reducing connection costs (³). A high-resolution color screen allows full sunlight use. Its lithium-ion battery provides a high capacity battery life up to 8 hours talk time, 160 hours standby. It is provided with a micro-USB connector to connect a WiFi router Optimizer, an antenna connector, and a Bluetooth interface 2.0 for a headset or other accessory.
From the point of view of the open sea boater, for use messaging in order to request weather GRIB files,
the main improvement is the ability to connect it directly an external antenna without using an expensive docking station, as for IsatPhone Pro (²).
[Update July 1/07/14] Upon enquiry by the company E - SAT, the antenna connector receives only a passive antenna, but not the autodirectionnelle active antenna which shall be supplied with a docking station. This external antenna is indispensable at sea (and on any mobile support) to lock the geostationary satellite connection if you want to be able to make transfers of data without breaking. Therefore, there is no particular improvement compared to the previous model for receipt of offshore weather files. The IsatPhone2 docking station is not yet available.
It is available in France since a few weeks, already priced in Nauticom website 890 € with SIM card, What positions it at a particularly aggressive price against the Extreme Iridium for use voice.