Not sure if you can rent one and I doubt that you can buy time like with a pre paid deal , I got one after hurricane Katrina and have used it a few times and the price varied ALOT I was told that the ratse change constantly depending on who's satilite your using. I'm not even sure what phone and service we have , I just funded the thing and its kept at my parents new home thats the new evac. site. It was one of the more expensive phones and service plans but it was highly recomended by a very close friend that works for Triple Canopy security company and since hes been all over the world in some of the worst areas imaginable I took his word for it.
The yearly service is a couple hundred dollars and then your billed for the time its used which is almost never , so I think its a wise investment , kinda like insurance , hope like hell you never need it but glad its their when you do.
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