In the last few years satellite phones have become much more accessible. They’ve become smaller and more user friendly. And of course they are much cheaper – to buy and to use. But still, buying a satellite phone can be a significant expense. Sometimes a good option is to reduce costs by renting one.
When is it better to rent a satellite phone and when should you consider buying one? There are three main things you should consider:
- 1. For how long do you need the phone?
- 2. How often will you need it?
- 3. Why do you need the satellite phone?
Typically, a one-time rent will make sense for a period of 3-6 weeks. This depends on the rental company you choose, as rates differ. Alternatively, you can usually rent a phone for a similar cost 2-3 times for 1-2 week periods. If you need the phone for longer periods of time (or you need it on a more frequent basis), consider buying your own.
Buying a satellite phone is also the best option when you don’t need to actually use the satellite phone on a day-to-day basis, but would like to keep it for emergency reasons.
Be aware that rent in most rental companies is accompanied with a number of fees. Be sure to know them before you make your choice. Comparing daily, weekly or monthly fees alone might not be of much use. The same is true of comparing prices per minute, though this factor is usually somewhat more indicative of the overall rental fees.