I4 Technologies, dealer of UK-based satellite mobile company Inmarsat, launched its IsatPhonePro satellite phone in Nepal on Tuesday.
Anil Piya, managing director of I4, said the IsatPhonePro was useful for media persons, the military, mountaineers and travellers. He said that they had launched the phone targeting tourists visiting Nepal during Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
Piya added that they would provide both prepaid and post-paid services. Prepaid customers will be charged 95 cents per minute for a call to anywhere in the world. Likewise, post-paid service users will have to pay 68 cents.
I4 said it aimed to sell 300 to 600 units by the end of the tourism year.
“The satellite phone will also be useful for people living in remote areas where they have to walk for days to make a telephone call. So we will also try to promote this phone in Nepal’s remote villages” Piya added.
The phone costs US$ 700 excluding value added tax (VAT) in the Nepali market.