According to Jamie McLennan, Kennecott Exploration purchased their first Globalstar phone approximately one year ago, and the company has quickly upgraded to nine handsets. The primary reason they use the phone is for safety purposes.
"We needed phones that would work anywhere in the exploration fields as our employees often get dropped off by a helicopter in the middle of nowhere," says Mr. McLennan.
Employees of Kennecott Exploration believe that the Globalstar satellite phone is not only convenient, but they also appreciate the handsets crystal clear reception. Kennecott Exploration has tried many other satellite communication products, but has been happiest with Globalstar, and found it to be the best all round satellite communications product on the market. Mr. McLennan heard about Globalstar through trade shows and from a local telecommunications dealer.
"The Globalstar phone has saved us thousands of dollars," says Mr. McLennan. "For example, it helps us to cut down on lost time as well as helicopter time."
Kennecott often fly crews out to sites via helicopters. If there is an equipment malfunction, all the crew has to do is make a quick call to have the part flown out to their location. This has been the case on a number of occasions. The Globalstar phone size and weight are also appreciated in the tight confines of the helicopters, especially in comparison to other types of satellite communication products.
According to Mr. McLennan, the phones are used everyday and Globalstar has become a definite necessity mainly for safety and for economic reasons.
"We do not put a crew out without a phone," said Mr. McLennan. "And having the satellite and cell capability is also a great benefit because in an industry where your employees are constantly moving from one site to another, it is imperative that they have a mode of communication that is both flexible and convenient."