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What are Satellite Phones

What are Satellite Phones

Cell phone technology has come a long way in the last 20 or so years and it continues to improve every day. Cell phones used to be these pretty big bricks that only made voice calls but now they are sleek and slender smartphones that can pretty much do anything, it all depends on your imagination and your signal. Cell phones require cellular towers to work. The cell phones will connect to the towers via a signal and this signal will vary and sometimes disappear completely. In places where a cell phone will be pretty much useless, you will rather use a satellite phone.

Satellite phones will go where cell phones cannot. A satellite phone will allow you to make a phone call from almost anywhere on earth because its infrastructure is out there in space. Satellite phones do not rely on the signal from the cell phone towers and they will actually beam data directly to satellites that are orbiting the earth.

The technological leap of signals being sent into space unleashes satellite phones from the restrictions of their Earth-based cousin. This is why they are the communication apparatus of choice in areas where there is minimal or no cell coverage like what you will experience when 4x4ing through remote areas of African countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, etc. Satellite phones are also common in areas where natural disasters continue to destroy cell phone towers.

When talking about a satellite system, phones aren’t always called phones and they go by another name; terminals. It doesn’t really matter about the name though, they are simply the devices that you need to connect to a satellite.

Terminals will have the same basic phone features as a cell phone. Terminals are bulkier and heavier than cell phones but this does not mean that they have all the capabilities of today’s modern smartphones. A satellite phone is more of a stripped-down phone that will mainly be used to make voice calls.

All our vehicles at South Africa 4×4 come equipped with a satellite phone. During your adventures, you will often encounter areas where there is no cell phone signal. The satellite phone will allow you to make calls to friends that may be in the vehicle ahead of you but the main purpose of this phone will be for use during an emergency. What are you waiting for? Your inner adventurer is bursting to take a 4×4 trip through Africa.

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Namibia is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa and there is an abundance of game reserves and areas that are protected by the government as well as the locals. 4x4ing through Namibia can be a truly breath-taking experience. One of the parks in Namibia is called the Etosha National Park and it is […]

Four Things That Make a Good 4X4 Vehicle

Four Things That Make a Good 4X4 Vehicle

Four Things That Make a Good 4X4 Vehicle So you’ve got this big 4X4 that looks like it can climb Everest, but can it really? It seems as if it will be the best off-roading vehicle of all time. That other smaller 4×4 has nothing on your behemoth, right? Not really. Let’s have a look […]

What To Bring When 4x4ing Through Zambia

What To Bring When 4x4ing Through Zambia

What To Bring When 4x4ing Through Zambia There is no better way to explore the beautiful landscape of Zambia than a 4×4 trip through the country, either in your own vehicle or in a rented one from South Africa 4×4. A 4×4 is essential for the most part of Zambia, especially during the rainy season. […]

Two of Many Must-sees When 4x4ing Through Botswana

Two of Many Must-sees When 4x4ing Through Botswana

Two Of Many Must-sees When 4X4ing Through Botswana Botswana is full of mind blowing caves, deep red sunsets and the starriest skies you have ever seen. 4x4ing through Botswana is proper bush camping and it is truly an experience like no other. One of the best trails in Botswana is of course, the Isolation Trail. […]

The Key Features And Benefits Of A Wildcard SSL Certificate

A Wildcard Certificate will use something called Subject Alternative Names to secure a domain as well its first level subdomains. For example, a Wildcard certificate would secure the domain as well as the email accounts whereas a standard SSL Certificate will only secure the domain and you will have to purchase additional certificates. Basically, you […]

Itinerary Planning and Things to Consider

There are several factors you would need to consider when planning a safari trip. These include health and safety, specific interests and accommodation. These aspects affect the safari travel plan. Here is a look at a few important factors to consider when creating an itinerary: • Health, safety and personal needs Travelling in Africa for […]

South Africa’s Most Popular 4 Wheel Drives

As a culture, South African’s are generally known or their enjoyment of outdoor activities, and of course, the many off-road vehicles that make them possible. Here are some of this year’s favourite choices amongst South Africans for 4x4s. Some of them are older models that still provide excellence in comfort, safety and reliability, while others […]