Will Complete Second Generation Satellite Deployment to Restore Full Service
Globalstar is getting ready for the final Soyuz rocket launch of the last six satellites to restore full service for their satellite phone customers. This launch will complete a six year project that includes replacing 24 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites. As a result, Globalstar will have the most reliable network and lowest cost satellite phone products available.
Globalstar GSP-1700 pricing was reduced by 50% when service declined back in 2008 and 2009. We are expecting the GSP-1700 satellite phone price to increase sometime this year after the service is restored to normal. The GSP-1700 promo and GSP-1700 hands-free vehicle bundle are set to expire at the end of next month.
The Evolution II unlimited airtime service plan may or may not be continued. In 2005 when all Globalstar satellites were in operation, their service fee was about $1.00 per minute. It will take a few weeks after the launch to put the satellites in operation but expect price increases as service improves and demand increases. All legacy equipment including the GSP-1600 will continue to operate on the upgraded CDMA network.
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