Sometimes thanks to all the technology surrounding us we have incredible devices at our fingertips which far exceed what we need. (Cars with heated leather steering wheels?) On the flipside, there is also an immense amount of technology that goes unused by individuals or specific groups that could really use it. One example of this is satellite phones, or sat phones for short, amazing devices that keep people connected no matter what farthest reach of the globe they’re in. Here are some of the people who benefit – or could benefit – most from satellite phones.
Ship Captains or Recreational Boaters
Captains of all kinds of ships find satellite phones to be not only useful but a necessity, as they are often far from land and cut off from immediate lines of help should troubles arise. But recreational boaters could also increase safety measures by taking a satellite phone aboard with them, as oceans, lakes and weather patterns are often unpredictable, and individuals boating alone especially are at-risk for dangerous accidents.
Granted hikers on well-traveled, popular paths should have no trouble during their climb, but hikers and rock climbers traveling internationally or in more remote areas can and do invest in satellite phones in the event aught goes amiss and they find themselves stranded and exposed. Imagine how many instances of tragedy could be avoided if those in danger had satellite phones with the ability to make calls from anywhere, no matter how removed from civilization.
Whether they’re covering a story in a war-torn country where traditional lines of communication are damaged, from a city after the ravages of a hurricane or simply in the midst of unfolding local tragedy, where regular cell towers are overloaded with calls, journalists can benefit from the reassuring there-when-you-need-it service availability provided by satellite phones.