In a bold move to prove the reliability of their new second generation network, Globalstar conducted their 2012 earnings call using their own satellite network. Superior CDMA audio quality, low equipment prices, and now improved reliability now make Globalstar the best choice for satellite communications.
The Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone emergency kit at $649 is recommended for public-safety agencies needing a backup communications solution. It includes the satphone, 120V AC and 12V DC chargers, and waterproof Pelican case.
Although no longer available, the first generation GSP-1600 hand-held phones will still work but you should probably replace the GPB-2003 high-capacity battery.