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Old 04-06-2014, 20:56   #31
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Re: Iridium Email Services?

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I do a fair bit with iridium sbd , and I beleive inreach is using iridiums sbd service.

Other then a fully provisioned voice service ,iridium does not in effect connect directly from sat device to end user. The message is loaded into the inreach and transferred to the iridium ground station and onwards to the VAR ( delorme ) and ONLY the Var as a email with the message as a binary MIME attachment.

What ever service you see is then a function of the VARs system software not iridium.

In inreach I beleive delorme unpack the email, and send it via the SMS gateway, so that it " looks" like a text message. BUT it's not a end to end text message like in cellular phones.

Hence you cannot arbitrary send texts from a land based phone to an inreach ( because the inreach does not have a telephone number , in effect )

Email can be two way, but I beleive delorme do not allow it to prevent spam , correction , email is pseudo two way, again you cannot email the device directly , only via the VARs gateway. , equally delorme " could " provide pseudo two way transparent SMS, but it requires either provisioning expensive trans national numbers, establishing a raft of local country numbers or , selected gateway systems. None of which it really does.

The text feature in a fully voice provisioned iridium phone is two way exactly like cellular phones, this is because the voice SIM gives you a fully provisioned international 08816 number . Costs to text that number vary dramatically around the world, so many voice VARs have set up email to SMS gateways or other local systems to avoid such high costs

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So if I'm understanding this correctly, the "two-way" comms. (via pseudo-text) that the InReach says it offers must be initiated by the InReach user? A land-based user can then reply, although it can't go directly back to the InReach for the reasons you mentioned. The effective result, however, is a two-way communication by way of text (or what looks like a text message).

It will be interesting to read end user reviews of this new Iridium "GO" when it comes out. The claim is text, e-mail and voice comms, all paired through a cell phone, tablet, or computer so that one's own contact list, for example, can be used. Would need some way to filter incoming comms. so as to control costs, however. Perhaps it's closer to a typical sat phone with its own assigned number.

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Old 05-06-2014, 01:27   #32
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Re: Iridium Email Services?

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So if I'm understanding this correctly, the "two-way" comms. (via pseudo-text) that the InReach says it offers must be initiated by the InReach user? A land-based user can then reply, although it can't go directly back to the InReach for the reasons you mentioned. The effective result, however, is a two-way communication by way of text (or what looks like a text message).



It will be interesting to read end user reviews of this new Iridium "GO" when it comes out. The claim is text, e-mail and voice comms, all paired through a cell phone, tablet, or computer so that one's own contact list, for example, can be used. Would need some way to filter incoming comms. so as to control costs, however. Perhaps it's closer to a typical sat phone with its own assigned number.



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Yes exactly , go is a standard full voice connection, hence it will have a endpoint phone number and therefor support all the services of the standard iridium phone

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So if I'm understanding this correctly, the "two-way" comms. (via pseudo-text) that the InReach says it offers must be initiated by the InReach user? A land-based user can then reply, although it can't go directly back to the InReach for the reasons you mentioned. The effective result, however, is a two-way communication by way of text (or what looks like a text message).



It will be interesting to read end user reviews of this new Iridium "GO" when it comes out. The claim is text, e-mail and voice comms, all paired through a cell phone, tablet, or computer so that one's own contact list, for example, can be used. Would need some way to filter incoming comms. so as to control costs, however. Perhaps it's closer to a typical sat phone with its own assigned number.



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By the way , Delorme do not say how long the pool SMS number remains valid so technically you could keep replying to one original inReach text message forever , in effect giving a pseudo inbound text facility , but again only from numbers that originally first received a text from the inReach. Don't know if Delorme age the database because overtime it would get big.

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