You’re 100 miles from Nome, a bear just ate all your food and is looking at you funny and the plane isn’t due back for three days. Your cellphone is way outside its calling area. Time to build a fire in an SOS shape and hope the bear filled up on your granola bars, right? Not necessarily.
Now you can stay linked to the modern world with a satellite phone, like Qualcomm’s Globalstar Tri-Mode Phone. It’s a bit pricey to buy-the Globalstar Tri-Mode Phone costs $895 and most phone services are $1.50 or more per minute-but there’s good news: Qualcomm rents satellite phones for $89 for the first week and $59 for each additional week.