Phone Service Over Satellite- VoIP Service & Equipment
$49.95 a month (includes 1000 free minutes per month and $0.04 cents per minute for additional minutes)
Available Worldwide For Fixed and Mobile Satellite Systems Using Ground Control's iDirect Satellite Service
Optimized and Cost Effective Voice Calling Over Satellite
If you require standard phone service over satellite, Ground Control specializes in Satellite VoIP phone equipment & service when using our iDirect network. Our Fixed or mobile dishes can have up to 10 simultaneous phone conversations with service rates comparable to terrestrial phone providers. And since our network is optimized for phone communication over satellite, callers are often unaware they are speaking over a satellite connection (example video). This service is available globally.
VoIP Over Satellite Phone Equipment Options
Polycom 550 VoIP Phone
The Polycom 550 has been a field-proven phone solution for quality VoIP over satellite. This time tested phone works like the phone on any desk. more
Cisco ATA VoIP Adapter - Connect Any Phone
The Cisco ATA allows any standard corded or cordless phone to work with the Ground Control VoIP service. Each ATA Includes two phone ports that can each be assigned a local number from most any region from any country. more
Long-Range Cordless Phones - Up to 2 Mile Range
Up to 24 phones supported
These long-range cordless phones plug into the Cisco ATA (above) and allow anyone to stay connected to the Public Telephone network (PSTN) for up to 2 miles from the satellite system. These handset phones also act like Walkie-Talkies and allow long-range communication between handsets. more
Benefits Of VoIP Satellite Phone Service With Ground Control:
Plug-and-Play Crystal Clear Calls Over Our Premium Satellite Network.
Use any phone that will work identically to any landline phone, including a local phone number.
Connect 1 to 10 phones. Have 10 simultaneous calls over one satellite connection.
Low Latency (500-650 milliseconds), callers are often unaware they are speaking over satellite.
Monthly service is $49.95 per month and includes 1000 free minutes (16.6 hours) per month.
Anything over 1000 minutes is charged a reasonable $0.04 cents per minute.
Phones will work over ANY Internet connection, not just over our satellite network. more
Move the phone anywhere. It keeps the same phone number no matter your location. more
Phone service has all the standard features such as voicemail, activity, call-forwarding etc,..
Local phone numbers (in most counties) can be assigned to your phones.
Faxing over satellite - we offer FoIP services for using any group 3 fax machine.
Online Portal - Track your account online from anywhere. VoIP Login
Easy to start. All equipment is configured, tested and plug-and-play ready when shipped.
Listen To A Recorded Example This VoIP audio recording is of Ground Control's VoIP phone service over our iDirect satellite in North America. The recording equipment was physically attached to the phone with the male voice where the female voice is over satellite.
VoIP Phone Calls Optimized for Satellite
Not all VoIP is the same, especially when it comes to making calls over satellite. Ground Control has minimized the delay between talking parties so that most will not be aware they are speaking over a satellite connection. Our network latency is one of the lowest in the satellite industry at 500-650 milliseconds using our iDirect VSAT Network. It also has an incredibly low bit error rate of below 10-9, which is defined as a clear channel and perfect for VoIP. Trust that we take care of the complexities of VoIP so you can take care of business.
Step 2. Choose A Service Plan There is only one service plan to choose. 1000 minutes (16.6 hours) for $49.95 a month. Anything over 16.6 hours is charged a reasonable 4 cents a minute. Ths plan is available worldwide.
Step 3. Choose A Phone Number From Any Area You may choose any number from most any location. A person with a satellite dish in Texas or British Columbia or Afghanistan may wish to have a Denver phone number, or a phone number from anywhere else.
Step 4. Plug The Phone Into The Satellite Ethernet LAN After your account is provisioned, your phone is plug-and-play. It will have a standard dial-tone, a "local" number, and the ability to make and receive calls from anyone on the planet.
Ground Control's Optimized VoIP Over Satellite Service There is only 1 plan to choose from, the 'Standard VoIP Service'
*Cost per minute is based on a U.S./Canadian VoIP number calling a U.S./Canadian phone.
Please ask for competitive rates for calls made outside the assigned VoIP country local number.
VoIP Services from Ground Control have a one year term that reverts to month-to-month at end of term.
There is a one time $49 equipment provisioning fee and a $59.95 VoIP line activation fee with purchase.
All plans include numerous features such as voicemail, call activity, call forwarding, speed dialing, etc.
VoIP Services Details
Standard VoIP Service
For $49.95 a month, VoIP service includes 1000 minutes (16.6 hours) each month, which calculates to is $0.05 cents per minute. Additional minutes are billed at $0.04 cents per minute, which is less than the in-plan minute rate. Service begins upon provisioning of the VoIP phone and activation of VoIP service for that phone. Service includes voicemail, caller ID, call activity, call forwarding, speed dialing, and a web interface to check status and change parameters.. Please call for our international calling rates. You may visit the Ground Control VoIP Customer Login for a users guide of our VoIP service.
Priority VoIP Service
When calling is critical, Priority VoIP Service will give VoIP calls priority over other traffic on the satellite link (this is referred to as QoS or Quality of Service). In addition, Priority VoIP Service creates a 20x20Kbps CIR Committed Information Rate dedicated unshared VoIP data channel to the VoIP connection assuring full speed is available for the voice stream. Priority VoIP Service mitigates potential problems such as voice dropouts and reduced voice quality issues. In many cases Priority VoIP Service is not needed, however if crystal clear, guaranteed voice communication is required, this service is recommended. Priority VoIP Service may be added to an existing VoIP account at any time. Priority VoIP cost is $80 (USD) per month.
Priority FoIP Service (FAX)
Our Fax services uses the optimal 711u Codec with a 80x80 Kbps dedicated unshared channel for the highest in FoIP service. Ground Control offers a clear compatible channel for Fax transmissions using any Fax machine with a standard RJ-11 connection. We use the optimal G.711u 80 Kbps codec to optimize Fax transmissions from any location in the world. More Information on Priority Fax Service.
International Phone Number
You may have a local phone number from most ANY country. Our 1000 minute $49.95 rate will apply to most territories for calls made to or from that country. This service is free. Please call Ground Control for more information on calling rates and country availability.
Connect 1 to 10 Phones
Connect as many phones through the satellite link as there is capacity. Each phone uses a 20x20 Kbps stream when in use, so the connection is well within the uplink channel speed. For example, if you have a 1Mbps uplink, you could easily have 10 (or more) phones talking simultaneously. And at 20Kbps, you can talk for 6.6 minutes before you transfer one Megabyte.
Follow Me - Phones Can Move Anywhere
VoIP phones provisioned by Ground Control may be used anywhere, not just over the satellite connection for which they are optimized. Simply connect the phone to any Ethernet port that issues a (DHCP) IP address, and our servers will establish a link with the phone and activate it for use. This "Follow Me" feature is perfect for field professionals who travel or have multiple offices.
VoIP Phones From Ground Control
Most corded or cordless SIP phones work with our VoIP service, however, we recommend either of the systems below that we will configure, provision and test before shipping.
Our popular Polycom Soundpoint 550 multi-function SIP compliant phone has been time tested in the field and acts like the phone on the desk, including a blinking voicemail light. This phone does not require any additional equipment to operate. Cost is $299. Polycom 550 Brochure
The Cisco ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) allows you to purchase or use ANY standard corded or cordless phones. You may connect up to 2 phones to the ATA, each with different local phone numbers. The cost of the Cisco ATA is $99. ATA BrochureCisco ATA Guide
Long-Range Cordless Phones
Stay connected up to 2 miles from the satellite system.
Free the phone from the wire and work at distance from the satellite system. Our solutions provide 4 phone handsets, each with their own local phone number. Handsets may also communicate with each other.
Online Portal - Activity - Voice Mail - Call Forwarding
Each phone number can access numerous options such as detailed call activity, voicemail, call forwarding (up to 4 phones), speed dialing, ...all the standard options. Here is a link to the Ground Control VoIP Customer Login
PBX - Advanced Routing
Ground Control can route call traffic to your PBX, and eliminate the monthly usage cost. Please call us for integration pricing and information on this service.
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