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Stratos Gets Advance Orders for Over 1,000 of Inmarsat's New Handheld IsatPhone Pro

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April 15, 2010

Stratos Gets Advance Orders for Over 1,000 of Inmarsat's New Handheld IsatPhone Pro

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Stratos (News - Alert) Global Corporation is the global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions. The company recently announced that it received advance orders for more than 1,000 of the IsatPhone Pro, Inmarsat's new handheld satellite phone which is the first in the Global Satellite Phone (News - Alert) Services (GSPS) family which will be commercially available in June.

Stratos will stock its warehouses around the globe with the IsatPhone Pro to quickly and efficiently meet customer demand as inventory is available during and after the June launch. As part of the pre-launch testing program, last week, numerous successful Inmarsat (News - Alert) GSPS calls were made.

Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos will offer a competitive alternative to the handheld, fixed and maritime phone solutions. The services will offer high-quality voice connectivity through small, affordable equipment; ideal for remote workers in the oil & gas, mining, government, media and first-responder communities.

Inmarsat GSPS' full global coverage is made possible by the latest-generation Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellites. Inmarsat-4 satellites are among the world's largest and most advanced communications satellites. The I-4s were designed with IP communications in mind and are optimized to deliver high-quality and reliable data communications.

Customers using the IsatPhone Pro will benefit from The Stratos Advantage, a wide range of value-added services that ensure optimal communications performance and cost efficiency. The foundation of The Stratos Advantage is Stratos Dashboard, which will enable customers to manage their satellite airtime usage by providing real-time information on voice and data traffic used, with associated costs.

Stratos Dashboard will further enhance the user experience of the new phone services by providing instant provisioning, rebilling and reporting options to minimize unexpected invoices and potential financial risk. Stratos Dashboard supports postpaid and prepaid rate-plan options. Stratos customers who deploy Inmarsat BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile broadband satellite services use Stratos Dashboard.

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said the large, advance sales commitments they have received for the IsatPhone Pro are very encouraging. Jim said that these customers know that Stratos already has built a strong global customer base in the satellite phone market. Stratos is a trusted company for vital communications. Stratos offers the powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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