Mark, thats a great idea, I should have checked if that was possible at the time.
I eventually got the repaired phone back in fiji
(under warranty but they even made me pay for the priority freight from tahiti
to the US and customs
clearance in fiji)....so the whole trip from east coast
US to Fiji
the satphone was either not working or away for repairs
, then I laid up in fiji for the cyclone season so basically the 2000 dollar satphone and airtime could never be used. I'm about to return to the boat but the 500 minutes of prepaid airtime expired in March (one year after purchase)....go figure, I should have called someone in vladivostok for the time for 500 minutes just to use them nstead of giving them back to the tools....NEVER AGAIN!!!