Does anyone have any tips on renting a satelite phone for a Canadian trip?
Go with Iridium
I have rented Globalstar from outfitters in Canada (you dont say where you are going) and Globalstar system requires you to dedicate hours to your call.
I have wasted the equivalent of a whole afternoon on a week long trip to try to get a signal.
It may be possible to rent from someone locally up there. Just make sure its Iridium
uridium NOT globalstar!!!
thats ALL you need to know
Typical rental rates are $200/month plus 2-3 bucks a minute. Summer is a busy time for them, so book it ahead of time.
TEST it at the store. We’ve gotten ones that had intermittent antennas, bad battery packs.
Bring a second battery.
Set up a routine contact protocol. E.g. We will phone every night around 8 p.m. If you don’t hear from us 3 days running, then send out the Mounties. This covers you if you lose your kit in a rapid. Besdies the people back at home will appreciate knowing that you are still alive.
I know this is a older post but a company we used for satellite phone rentals and vsat rentals is Mobil Satellite Technologies