Many people will go on a vacation and take a satellite phone with them because they are not sure if they can catch a signal for their mobile phone at their destination. Businesspeople will take satellite phones with them so that they can still log on to the Internet if they are at a remote location, and in order to communicate with headquarters or their main offices if they are unable to find a phone connection or cellular phone signal. There are many uses for satellite phones, and they can be handy in many different locations. But did you know that satellite phones can be used during tragedies and disasters?
Because satellite phones can operate in a wide variety of conditions, they can be used to communicate about war, famine, or other tragedies and disasters that the world deserves to hear about. For instance, journalists who are working in the Sudan, who are stationed or embedded with troops in the Middle East, or who are reporting from remote locations on the planet will often use satellite phones in order to deliver news about tragedies that are occurring where they are.
Satellite phones are also advantageous in natural disasters that can cut off remote areas from the rest of the world. Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and major storms can destroy roads, and those who need aid will require satellite phones to communicate their situation, as well as confirm their location. Satellite phones can also be used in rescue operations. Because some rescues need airlifting of survivors to nearby hospitals, rescuers can take satellite phones with them in order to communicate with base camps, or with hospitals, to prepare them for incoming emergencies.
These are only a few uses for satellite phones. You may have encountered them as you read the news or watched it unfold on television. As technology develops and as satellite phones improve, you can be sure to see more advances and more people choosing to use satellite phones.