Satellite Phone Rental in southern Africa.
why do you need a satellite phone for your adventure ? When we started South Africa 4×4 Rentals in 2008 mobile phone coverage was dismal to say the least. many countries north of South Africa has only started to roll out their mobile phone networks. You were good in major cities but for the rest of that specific country it was a no go. As a solution to this problem we supplied all our rentals with a mobile satellite phone. The idea was that regardless of where you would find yourself on your adventure South Africa 4×4 was only a call away to assist. This worked well and we assisted many clients over the years on this basis (even clients of other rental companies !).
Fast forward to 2017 and things have changed. Today you can sit in Xakanaxa Camp in the middle of the Okavango Delta and send text message. Personally I am not so sure that is a good thing ? Point is that networks have improved tremendously. I can only think of a hand full of places where you will not have mobile phone coverage. The need for a satellite phone has diminished and will only be needed for very remote places.
South Africa 4×4 has therefore decided that we will change our satellite phone use to the following arrangement :
- We can supply a satellite phone for your adventure at a cost of R 200, once off, for the full duration of your rental. Regardless of how long you will be out on the road.
- Airtime for the satellite phone will have to be purchased.
- Airtime not used cannot be refunded.
PS – Clients that has booked rentals that includes a satellite phone will be supplied with a sat phone.