Satellite Phone Rental – Can You Really Use Them Anywhere on Earth? Satellite phone rentals are a type of rental mobile phone which connects to orbiting satellites instead of terrestrial cell sites. Based on the architecture of the system, it can cover the entire earth or only specific areas. Satellite phones are much costlier than cell phones to buy. The air time charges are also very high. If you happen to be in an area where there are no cell services a satellite phone is the only option. There are two different options for acquiring a satellite phone- you can purchase one or you can rent one. Purchasing one can be very costly, even with pre-owned models. Make sure you weigh the pros and cons of purchasing or acquiring one through satellite phone rental. It may be that renting is more cost effective for you, depending on how long you plan on utilizing the phone. Once you decide on whether to purchase or to rent, research the types of phones that are available and, if your budget conscious, make sure you get the least expensive one that will fit your needs as there are some accessories that you will NOT want to live without. Next, you’ll need to identify a provider. As with cell phones, there are a few different providers out there, so make sure you shop around to get the one that best fits your budget AND your needs. Make sure that the service provider and plan you choose has all of the features that you are wanting and/or needing. One of the must-have accessories that you will want to reserve some money for is a solar powered battery charger. If you are headed to a remote location or a place where electricity is known to be spotty, a solar powered battery charger can, literally, be a life saver. Another accessory that I highly recommend is a second battery. This way, you can always be certain that you have a back-up battery with a full charge, at all times.