There is a big "safety" debate about them . . . USCG SAR pilots might abort if you hit them with a laser. It's apparently at the pilot's discretion, but if he has any vision impairment at all (spots or dazzle) he must abort.
So, what I am wondering is if anyone has found them useful for other non-SAR purposes?
I have an old iridium handset. Works pretty well, but my comms guy is saying I should look very closely the the iridium pilot (I think a revised version of the iridium open port system).
Has anyone used this system?
Here's what I have been told:
"I would look at the Iridium Pilot. its 1/10 the cost for data, 15-50 times faster, and 60% cheaper voice than your standard iridium phone. And you can be on the internet at the same time as you do voice. and you can do multiple concurrent voice calls."
List price for a ready to go hardware package, with 500 minutes included, is $4000.
Antennae is bigger than my current one, but not "too big".