When you want to make a phone call, there’s no doubt you pick up one of two devices: a cell phone or a landline phone, of course. While these two modes of communication are certainly handy and the most widely used for making connecting with other people, they can’t always be relied on. In the event of an emergency – a hurricane, a tornado, or a wide-scale power outage – these traditional phones can fail, which means you’ll be off the grid.

In an emergency, being stuck without a way to communicate can be disastrous. How can you avoid such a situation? – By purchasing a satellite phone. Thinking about investing in a satellite phone but not sure which one to choose? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best options on the market:

Garmin inReach Explorer+, Handheld Satellite Communicator with Topo Maps and GPS Navigation
  • 100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage enables two way text messaging from anywhere (satellite subscription required)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
  • Track and share your location with family and friends. Water rating : IPX7. Battery : Rechargeable internal lithium ion
  • Pair with mobile devices using the free earthmate app for access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more
  • In reach explorer+ device adds preloaded Delorme topo maps with onscreen GPS routing plus built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer
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BlueCosmo Inmarsat IsatPhone 2.1 Satellite Phone Kit (SIM Included) - Global Coverage - Voice, SMS, GPS Tracking, Emergency SOS - Prepaid and Monthly Service Plan Options
  • ✅ BLUECOSMO SATELLITE SERVICE OPTIONS: Includes Global IsatPhone SIM card for PrePaid or Monthly service ready for activation with BlueCosmo. No hidden fees. And it’s simple to activate: just go to BlueCosmo.com and purchase PrePaid units whenever you need them, or get setup with monthly service to be ready at a moments notice.
  • ✅ GLOBAL COVERAGE: NO ROAMING CHARGES – make and receive voice calls, SMS, track your position with GPS from anywhere on the globe – never pay roaming charges. Your coverage area is EARTH (except the extreme north and south polar regions).
  • ✅ EVERYTHING YOU NEED WITH 18 MONTH WARRANTY: Inmarsat IsatPhone 2.1 satellite phone handset, Lithium-ion battery, International AC wall charger with international plugs, Automobile DC charger, Holster with belt clip, Hands free earpiece, Lanyard, USB cable, USB thumb drive with documentation, Quick start guide, SIM card & 18 MONTH WARRANTY exclusively from BlueCosmo Satellite Communications.
  • ✅ RESISTS WATER AND DUST: SHOCK RESISTANT: TOUGH AND RELIABLE: IK04 shock resistance rating and an ingress rating of IP65: the IsatPhone2 can withstand dirt, dust and jets of water from every direction. It has a humidity tolerance of 0 to 95%, and an operational temperature range of -20°C to +55°C (-4°F to +131°F). An innovative transflective display technology provides enhanced daytime visibility. Longest lasting batteries of any satellite phone with 8 hours talk time and 160 hours standby.
  • ✅ WORLD CLASS SUPPORT AND SERVICE: When you purchase your IsatPhone 2 satellite phone from BlueCosmo, you get a team of professionals who have been deploying satellite communications around the world for the most demanding customers since 2003. Our IsatPhone service options can fit any budget and we can get you up and running for all your critical satcom needs. Anytime. Anywhere.
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Garmin GPSMAP 64x, Handheld GPS, Preloaded with TopoActive Maps, Black/Navy, One Size (010-02258-00)
  • Rugged and water-resistant design with button operation and a 2. 6” sunlight-readable color display
  • Preloaded with Topo Active maps (U. S. and Australia only) featuring routable roads and trails for cycling and hiking
  • Know where you’re at with a high-sensitivity receiver with quad helix antenna and multi-GNSS support (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo)
  • Battery life: up to 16 hours in GPS mode
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Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator
  • Rugged handheld navigator with preloaded worldwide basemap and 2.2 inch monochrome display
  • WAAS enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support for fast positioning and a reliable signal
  • Waterproof to IPX7 standards for protection against splashes, rain, etc.
  • Support for paperless geocaching and Garmin spine mounting accessories. Power with two AA batteries for up to 20 hours of use (best with Polaroid AA batteries)
  • See high and low elevation points or store waypoints along a track (start, finish and high/low altitude) to estimate time and distance between points
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