On a 1,000 unit pre-paid card, calls using a Globalstar satellite phone on the service cost 40p or €0.48 per minute, which the company says is cheaper than comparable offerings from competing L-band providers.
Pre-paid cards are offered in denominations of 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 minutes, and can be Personal or Shared (for example, for a ship captain who plans on sharing his satellite phone with his crew).
Globalstar says that this Shared Pre-paid service essentially turns every activated Post-paid Globalstar handset into a satellite “pay phone.”
An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform is used to support the service, allowing customers to top-up, check account balances and check their voicemail, and is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Arabic.
“We want people to think of satellite communications in a whole new way,” said Globalstar president and CEO, Jay Monroe. “With Pre-paid service, satellite phone users have more freedom than ever before.”
“With the launch of our Pre-paid service, especially Shared Pre-paid, we are introducing entirely new groups of users to satellite telephony. If people were ever worried that using a satellite phone was beyond their reach, too expensive or too much of a contractual commitment, they now have a simple solution with Globalstar.”