The product that will be marketed to the shipping industry, the FleetPhone, is a fixed maritime terminal that offers voice services only (rather than the voice and data capabilities of the other handsets).
Global coverage for the FleetPhone will be dependent on the launch of the third Inmarsat I-4 satellite, currently scheduled for March / April 2008. This satellite will cover the Pacific Ocean Region (POR) and will also complete global coverage for the new FleetBroadband satellite communications system.
Stratos president and CEO Jim Parm said, "With the availability of Inmarsat Satellite Phone Services, we expect to meet the communications requirements of thousands of new customers."
"These users will find the new phone equipment is reliable and easy to use, and the airtime is affordable. They will also derive a host of important benefits to ensure cost control, financial savings and maximum performance."