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Globalstar GSP-1700 Satellite Phone Review

Globalstar GSP1700 Review

A light and feature-rich mobile satellite phone, the GSP-1700 helps you stay connected virtually anywhere.

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Imagine being able to connect to the people and data that matter most – in the places and times that traditional communications don’t always work. The GSP-1700 is the ultimate handheld portable satellite phone. Using the optional GIK-1700 installation kit, you can easily create a complete satellite phone system in your vehicle or vessel from the smallest car to the largest aircraft carrier.

The GSP-1700 helps you stay connected virtually anywhere…

Antenna and cable length options were designed for ease of installation on land or sea – or simply use the phone hands-free with the optional Bluetooth module or industrial noise-canceling headset.

Small Phone, Huge Advantages:

Enjoy crystal-clear voice quality. Whisper and be heard with CDMA digital voice quality. Fast data speeds at 9.6 Kbps. Position Location Service—get your Latitude and Longitude directly from your Globalstar phone. Enjoy locally based phone numbers where available.

Loaded with Features:

  • Compact size: 5.3″H x 2.2″W x 1.5″D
  • Lightweight: 7.05 ounces
  • Optimal voice clarity
  • Backlit color display optimized for outdoor daytime viewing
  • Long-life battery: 4 hours talk time, 36 hours standby
  • Ergonomic design
  • Lighted keypad


Who are Globalstar...

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It starts with leading engineers striving to launch the world’s best satellite system, and ends with a simple connection between people. A conversation. An exchange of ideas and information.

A lifeline that not only serves the efficiency and profitability of a company, but the well-being of individuals and entire communities.

We help people do their work better, faster and smarter. Allowing them to take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges, so that every job can be a job well done. And every time, they can return home safely to tell about it.

We enable more goods and services to get produced and delivered to all corners of the globe. From wood to build a school in Pakistan, to stacks of sheet metal that keep a Michigan factory churning. From seafood that makes a small restaurant famous, to oil that keeps a large fleet running. From resources that impact the GDP of a nation, to food and water that aid in rebuilding another.

We do our small part to ensure the world keeps communicating, because we know it’s not just gravity that makes the world go around. It’s you.

– Globalstar


Check out the First Impression tabs for further details or visit the Globalstar website

It’s very easy to become complacent regarding the potential dangers of doing something simple like going for a walk, but if you take a minute to review the incident logs for your local Mountain Rescue Team, it makes for sobering reading.

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The Ogwen Valley, which is a particular favourite of the WalkHikeClimb team, provides some fantastic opportunities for walkers and climbers of all abilities.  Take a look at the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue incidents HERE

Whilst it’s possible to get mobile coverage even on the highest of mountains (I’m reliably informed) Satellite Phones offer an additional level of reliability should you genuinely be in the back of beyond or find yourself in difficulties in an area that just doesn’t have coverage.

The GSP-1700 from Globalstar is diminuative to the point we were quite shocked upon receipt of this little gem.  It’s not disimilar to mobile phones from the early 90’s in size and appearence, although at just 200g (approximately 7 ounces) is pretty light!

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It has all the appearence of a museam piece, however, internally it’s a totally different story.

Voice Capability

Using advanced CDMA technology, the Globalstar GSP-1700 allows you to enjoy crystal-clear voice calls, quick connection times and coverage far beyond mobile network ranges. Unlike many other satellite phones currently available, the GSP-1700 rings and can even receive calls while the antenna is stowed.

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Voicemail

Don’t miss an important connection when you are unavailable, access your voicemail easily from your phone wherever you are.  With coverage in over 120 countries across the world and many ocean covered areas, the GSP-1700 can keep you in contact with friends, family and colleagues in areas where mobile phones don’t offer a connection, even in the most remote areas of the world.

Low Cost Calls

Globalstar’s calling plans are some of the most competitive of any satellite phone network.

Location Service

With access to a position location service you can get your latitude and longitude directly from your phone. Position Location from the Globalstar System is used to determine the approximate geographic position of the GSP-1700’s location within the Globalstar coverage area.

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Fast Data Connections

Globalstar offers the fastest uncompressed data service at 9.6 Kbps which compares very favourably to other satellite network providers. Using Globalstar’s Express Data compression software, this data rate improves up to 38Kbps throughput. Express Data uses data compression to accelerate web browsing, web-based file transfers, uploading and downloading of all native FTP file transfers, and all types of e-mail and e-mail attachments.

Email & SMS

Use the optional data kit to connect your Globalstar GSP1700 to your computer to check and respond to emails when you’re off the grid.

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Also use the the GSP-1700 to receive 35 character incoming SMS messages and store up to 90 messages. Send free SMS messages to the phone through Globalstar’s online SMS tool, your email account or just send text messages from your regular mobile phone. It is not possible to send outgoing messages directly from the GSP-1700 phone at this point.

Handsfree Car Kits

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It’s also possible to mount the GSP-1700 in your car adding an additional level of flexibility, making the most of your purchase.

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Lithium Ion Battery packs improve standby and talktime, as well as offering backup battery packs for extended trips!

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The backlight keyboard display should make dialling a more conspicious affair.

Visit the Globalstar website for more information

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Specification

  • Weight: 200g or approximately 7 ounces
  • Operational from -20°c to +55°c
  • Optimal voice clarity
  • Backlit color display optimized for outdoor daytime viewing
  • Long-life battery: 4 hours talk time, 36 hours standby
  • Ergonomic design
  • Lighted keypad

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Visit the Globalstar website for more information

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Aside from from the cool handset itself, the GSP-1700 is supplied with a charging adapter and manual.  Minimalist, but enough to get you going!

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The GSP-1700 from Globalstar is a great little device, packed full of features for relatively little money.  In pretty attrocious conditions we managed to make a call with little or no fuss, when our expectation was it wasn’t likely to be successful.

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Our only reservation about this little gem was the overall build quality.  There’s no denying it’s a great piece of kit, but it didn’t feel bullet proof.  The antenna and body composition wasn’t of exceptional quality when compared to say a handheld GPS device.  A drop of the rocks or even a muddy puddle would, I expect, cause a reasonable amount of damage.  Tooked away in your pack and I’ve no doubt it’ll be fine.

Beyond this the GSP-1700 was a definately winner with us all.

Visit the Globalstar website for more information

Visit the Globalstar website for more information

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