The Zoleo Satellite Communicator is a small handheld safety and communication device that helps fishermen fill gaps in coverage while they’re on the water. Simple and compact, the device connects to smartphones via Bluetooth and uses available cellular or Wi-Fi networks for connectivity, then switches to the Iridium satellite network when out of range of other signals.

Zoleo president Morris Shawn said the Satellite Communicator’s versatility makes for faster, cheaper service.

“Obviously speed over cellular is quicker, but the satellite is there when you need it. So it’s sort of the best of both worlds,” Shawn said.

Zoleo plans range from $20 a month for 25 messages to unlimited plans for $50 a month.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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