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GroundPounder:
  Well there's your problem!


Qualcomm phones are used by the provider Globalstar.  They are currently experiencing severe problems with their satellites and have been for the last year or so.  I switched to Iridium and have MUCH better service.  Even in a thick canopy or around buildings I am usually able to make a call.  If your organization is still on Globalstar I would definitely be switching.  They will let you out of any contract due to the issues. 

Tycoon:
Just picked up my Globalstar phone set-up with the Globalstar GSP-1600. Haven't set up service yet..Am I able to set up service with Iridium using a Globalstar phone?

GroundPounder:
No, its too different networks based on two different technologies.  (Globalstar is based on CDMA, Iridium on GSM).

If it is not too late I would highly recommend you return it and get an Iridium. 

Tycoon:

--- Quote from: GroundPounder on November 13, 2008, 01:12:39 PM ---No, its too different networks based on two different technologies.  (Globalstar is based on CDMA, Iridium on GSM).

If it is not too late I would highly recommend you return it and get an Iridium. 

--- End quote ---

Yeah, I've already taken possesion. I'll have to see how it goes. If there is a major issue there WILL be a customer service call made. Thanks for the heads up.

Shoulda read this #%&*%! post a couple days earlier.  :'(

GroundPounder:
I hate to be the one to break the bad news to you.  I can promise you will not be happy with it.  There are a lot of companies and governments that purchased a lot of these that are now talking about lawsuits.  They are not reliable at all.  Globalstar's solution to the problem was the creation of an online tool that will tell you when you can use your phone in your location.  Not very useful in a disaster situation.  (Tool is at http://www.globalstarusa.com/en/optimum_tool/)

Based on the tool, here is when my phones would work at my location today.  The rest of the time it will not work.  There are gaps in there of an hour.  There are times where there is only a 10 minute window of opportunity to make a call. 

I would be calling them and telling them the service is unacceptable and you want to swap it out for an Iridium.

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