Satellite Appliance Sales are dealers for the recently launched Pivotel Iridium satellite mobile phone service. The service had been launched in July and covers all of Australia and 200 nautical miles off the Australian coast. This mobile phone service uses a constellation of 66 low earth orbit satellites.
One of the Pivotel’s selling points is that users can have standard mobile phone numbers. Gary Martin of Satellite Appliance Sales has said that the satellite phone sales were going up in line with Western Australia's mining boom because workers spent most of their time out of conventional mobile phone range.
Martin has also said that Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton had bought or switched over to the new Pivotel Iridium phone service. These phone services are utilised by various clients ranging from state government departments to the mining sectors.
Pivotel have about 15,000 satellite customers with more than 75% living in rural Australia. Pivotel's latest release is an asset tracking service called TracerTrak. This asset tracking service is suitable for businesses and consumers, who had assets in remote areas. TracerTrak’s asset tracking services prove beneficial for the farmers as they are able to know exactly what their assets are doing and where they are on their enormous properties.