Written by freelance writer Dave Price on behalf of Calera, a satellite internet service provider.
Winter is here, and bad weather and extreme outdoor conditions have arrived along with it. Many people will defer to their cell phones when in need of survival technology, but a cell phone is not as reliable as you need it to be in the case of emergency. For this reason, satellite phones, not cell phones, are one of the best outdoor survival technologies available.
Cellular Technology Won’t Cut it in Extreme Weather Conditions
It’s happened in pretty much any suspense movie or thriller you’ve ever seen. Whether it’s due to bad weather, a national disaster, or even just geographical location, for whatever reason a movie character’s cell phone or landline is never able to find service and complete the call during a disaster, rendering them unable to communicate with the outside world or ask for help right when they need it most. These might be just movies, but cell phones have failed to deliver in real life disasters, too.
During the Hurricane Katrina crisis, millions of cellular phones and landlines were out of service along the Gulf Coast, right at the very time their owners needed them most. While many Katrina victims were disappointed and left stranded because of their poor cell phone reception, satellite phones came into much higher demand after Katrina.
Sat Phones, Your Outdoor Survival Tool
Let’s face it: if you’re traveling through a remote rural area in the winter when your car breaks down, you can’t rely on just your cell phone as an outdoor survival tool. If you’re camping, hiking, hunting or fishing out in the country and you get lost, a mobile phone won’t help you unless you’re within the limited coverage radius of the nearest cell tower. Sat phones are a great survival resource for people in remote areas because all you need is a clear view of the Southern sky to get satellite service.
Satellite Phones, Not as Expensive as You Might Think
If you’re an outdoorsy type and are going to be spending a lot of time away from the city this winter skiing or rock-climbing, buying or even just renting a sat phone for a specific occasion is a good idea. Renting a satellite phone is not that expensive—only about $10 a day plus the cost of minutes used—and might save your life if you find yourself in a bad situation this winter.