Satellite Devices

GCORE offers a range of satellite devices and plans to suit your needs. To help you decide which device best suits your needs, we provide a product comparison table of our top devices:

Please contact GCORE at operations@gcore.com if you are interested in buying a Satellite Device!

PhonesDeLorme inReach SEIridium 9555Iridium Extreme (9575)Iridium GO!IsatPhone 2Isathub Wide EyeBGAN Explorer 510Thuraya Satsleeve+
Price$345 USD$1225 USD$1380 USD$865 USD$895 USD$1300 USD$2380 USD$595 USD
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months
SizeH x W x DH x W x DH x W x DH x W x DH x W x DH x W x DH x W x DH x W x D
 14.81cm x 6.25cm 3.40cm14.3cm x 5.5cm x 3cm14cm x 6cm x 2.7cm4.5″ x 3.25″ x 1.2″16.9cm x 7.5cm x 2.9cmTerminal -180mm x 170mm x 30mm200mm x 200mm x 52mm13.8cm x 0.69cm x 0.42cm
Weight190 g266 g with battery247 g295 g316 g900g1.4kg256 g
Display 200 character illuminated graphic display.
Weather-resistant keypad.
Volume, signal and battery strength meters.
200 character illuminated monochromatic LCD graphic displayN/aHigh visibility color screenNo Display use your smartphoneNo Display – use your smartphoneFull smartphone display
IP RatingIP 67 IP65IP65IP65IP65IP66smartphone IP rating
Durability   Military MIL-STD-810F UV Resistantwater jets from ny direction 0.5m – Drop on concrete 95% survival 
Operating Range-4°F to 140°F 1°F to 131°F -4°F to 131°F-4°F to 131°F-4°F to 131°F1°F to 131°F
 (-20°C to +60°C) (-10°C to 55°C) (-20°C to 55°C)(-20°C to 55°C)(-25°C to 55°C)(-10°C to 55°C)
Language Versions  21 not including input text 8 including input textn/an/a12
Talk Time Up to 4 hoursUp to 3.5 hours7 hoursUp to 8 hours2.5 hrs3 HoursUp to 3 hours
Standby TimeUp to 100 hoursUp to 30 hoursUp to 30 hours16 hoursUp to 160 hoursup to 24 hours36 hourswifi continuously on – up to 9 hours
wifi off up to 70 hours
Network66 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites orbiting 485 miles from Earth 66 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites orbiting 485 miles from Earth66 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites orbiting 485 miles from Earth3 geostationary (GEO) satellites in fixed orbit 22,000 miles from EarthI-4 Satellite networkI-4 Satellite network 
CoverageGlobalGlobalGlobalGlobalNear global99.9% satellite and ground network coverage – NB no coverage in polar regions99.9% satellite and ground network coverage – NB no coverage in polar regionsEurope, Africa, Asia and Australia (with limitations)
MobilityUsers can talk and walk freelyUsers can talk and walk freelyUsers can talk and walk freelyUsers can talk with limited mobilityUsers can talk with limited mobilityConnects easily to smartphoneConnects easily to smartphone – up to 11 devices at the same timeUsers can talk and walk freely
User Experience        
Phone Registration Requires network registrationRequires network registration Requires GPS fix and network registration  Thuraya SIM or GSM SIM from 360+ Thuraya Global Roaming Partners
Start-Up Time Under 30 secondsUnder 30 seconds Up to 45 seconds   
Ability To Receive Calls Capable of incoming call notification if antenna is extended or retractedCapable of incoming call notification if antenna is extended or retracted Capable of incoming call notification if antenna is extended or retractedFull smartphone capability Full smartphone capability
Bluetooth  Does not support Bluetooth Bluetooth is supported  Bluetooth is supported
GPS  Users can view and share their GPS coordinates with contacts, Facebook and Twitter. Trackable in web based map. GPS fix includes: lat, long, alt, age of fix, number of satellites (Additional GPS attributes included if used with GeoPro)allows the tracking of a GPS locationUsers can view and share their GPS coordinates (lat, long)   
Data Services  Circuit-switched: Up to 13 kbps with compressionThis is not a Braodband device. It has 2400 bps data speed suitable fpr light email applicationsCircuit-switched: 2.4 kbps standard up to 20 kbps using compression software*Download – up to 240/384kbps – Upload – up to 240/384kbpsDownload 464 kbps Upload 448 kbpsSMS, email and APP’s available froom smartphone
Messaging Services  Text-to-text 1000 characters Text-to-text 1600 charactersFull smartphone SMS capabilityPhone and internet at same timeFul smartphine SMS capability
   Text-to-email 1000 characters Text-to-email 1600 charactersFull smartphine SMS capabilityFull smartphine SMS capabilityFul smartphine SMS capability
SOS Features  Covered SOS button can send SOS alerts via SMS to 1-3 user-specified contacts Covered SOS/Assistance buttonUse the Field Connect APP on the smartphoneUse the Field Connect APP on the smartphoneUse the Field Connect APP on the smartphone


Iridium Global Coverage

“The Iridium network provides the only truly global satellite voice and data solutions on the planet.

Work or play anywhere on earth and enjoy complete coverage. This includes oceans, airways and Polar Regions. Iridium has the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world and delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available.

The Iridium network provides global coverage however; Iridium complies with U.S. embargo restrictions and as such is prohibited from providing products and service to the following countries: Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. Since this is beyond Iridium’s control, each country is different and regulations may change without notice; it is best to check with the local Consulate or Customs offices for current details.”

Inmarsat Near Global Coverage

The Inmarsat network uses three geostationary satellites to provide voice and data communication services almost anywhere in the world. Each satellite is equipped with a single global beam that covers up to one-third of the Earth’s surface. Because Inmarsat coverage extends from latitudes of -82° to 82° regardless of longitude, higher latitudes will have lower performance. Registration to the network requires a clear line of sight to the equator and may not be suitable for use in canyons or mountains.

The map below depicts the three I-4 satellite coverage regions.


This map depicts Inmarsat’s expectations of coverage, but does not represent a guarantee of service. The availability of service at the edge of coverage areas fluctuates depending on various conditions.