As many of us know, traveling off the beaten track often means zero cell phone service. Away from major cities and interstate routes providing cell service doesn't pay a carrier.
For years we have been using a satellite phone from Globalstar for routine and emergency communications, and what used to be an expensive luxury is now affordable. Globalstar is offering a service plan with unlimited hours for $39.99 per month, and a Qualcomm sat phone for under $300.
The first time you really need communications this pays for itself with one critical call.