I frequently work for wildlife film crews guiding them into remote areas without cell service. My communication kit includes a VHF radio, an inReach, and an Iridium satellite phone. I recently added the satellite phone because it became necessary: I’m away from my family for a month or more at a time, with complicated logistics, and inevitable emergencies. There are a handful of companies that make satellite phones, but, at least in Alaska, Iridium is the only satellite phone that gets decent service.
This last summer I tested Iridium’s Extreme Satellite Phone. The Extreme is an upgrade from Iridium’s previous models of phones. It’s smaller and lighter, tougher, and has more features—many of which I’m still figuring out. The Extreme has an enhanced ability to text and email and connect to online tracking and Google Mapping services. With a battery life of up to four hours and a built-in SOS button in case an emergency evacuation is needed, the Extreme is the satellite phone you want regardless of if you’re on an expedition where every ounce matters or embarking on a cushier adventure. Whether you need to call in a rescue, quiz a mechanic about how to fix your broken-down boat, or check in with your family, the Iridium Extreme gets it done.
iridium.com; starting at $1,000