Money: Our 1700 cost us $400. Our monthly plan is $30 after all the taxes are added. Our usage limits for voice and data are — NONE. When we want to use it we pick it up and use it. With an exception. The Globalstar satellite constellation has diminishing weaknesses rooted in problems stretching back almost two decades. (These are being systematically eliminated.) There are good times for making calls and bad. The overall availability for the system runs 88-90% and is improving. The graphic below shows the current effects of signal strength “holes” in coverage. The other phones: IsatPhone = $600, Iridium = $1700. For $30 a month we could buy 9 minutes of IsatPhone time or 15 minutes of Iridium.
Quality: This ties back to another post about quality = fitness for use. The Iridium and IsatPhone costs act as a deterrent to using the phones unless one’s pockets are far deeper than ours or the need is far greater. And I can testify from business usage, the more expensive phones didn’t perform any better than the Globalstar. I just didn’t have to check a schedule provided by the Globalstar Call Times Tool. For us, the Globalstar system offers the best quality at a lower price than some unlocked smartphones.