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Should I Rent or Buy a Satellite Phone?

A satellite phone offers a communications solution when you are out of range of the cellular network. For industries such as construction, oil, mining and maritime satellite phones are often the only method of communication available.

During times of natural disaster and relief efforts, Satellite Phones play a vital role in ensuring communications can be maintained when, phone and cellular networks have gone down.

If you are unsure whether or not to rent or buy then we would recommend you always rent first, for a lower cost you can quickly and easily understand your need for a satellite phone.

If after renting you are still unsure about what is best for your future needs then you can evaluate these 3 key areas:


When deciding whether to rent or buy a Satellite Phone, the first main area is need, will you require the phone on a temporary, seasonal, permanent or recurring basis.

A perfect example is a group going on a trekking expedition, they will only require the phone for the period of time they are trekking, so there need is often temporary which would indicate that renting would be the better option for them.

Satellite Phone users who repeatedly visit remote areas without cellular coverage such as oil workers, construction crew etc have a recurring need for a phone, this need would be better satisfied by purchasing a satellite phone meaning they get to keep one number for contacts to reach them on and they can input in all their own contacts.


Another key factor to look at is what you estimate your usage to be while you are using the Satellite Phone. If you are taking the phone only as a security precaution then your usage should hopefully be very little.

However if you require the phone to be in extensive contact with people then you need to evaluate the cost per minute of your calls, there can be a difference of up to $1 per minute on calls from a rented satellite phone against a purchased phone.

If you estimate your usage of a satellite phone to be very high then purchasing the handset could be the better option for you in the long term.


You can calculate your annual usage costs for rental versus the cost of purchasing the phone outright. It is also important to factor in the difference in call rates if you plan on using the phone often.

We’ve included our rental and purchase costs for the Iridium 9555 as an example for your comparison.


Many rental companies also charge shipping both ways with a Satellite rental, Mobal offers FREE return standard Fed-Ex express shipping with all rentals along with no deposits taken. All Mobal Satellite Phone rentals are also delivered with two batteries.

Check out our Mobal Satellite Phone Rental today!


Many companies offer the Iridium 9555 at a lower price than Mobal's however, these phones come with very basic equipment and no accessories which you will be charged for if you want them.

A Mobal Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone comes with Vehicle Charger, External magmount antenna, travel chargers and data kit included in the price.

Check out our Buy Satellite Phone options

If you still aren’t sure what option best fits your needs or just have some more questions, simply contact Stephen and the satellite team on fngryyvgrf@zbony.pbz or Click the "Ask Stephen" button on the left.

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