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Old 20-09-2018, 08:22   #1
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Iridium Go prices dropping

We have been planning on purchasing the Iridium Go technology for satellite communication and offshore weather capability. We have noticed that the cost has dropped significantly recently which is good for us but also wondering if something else has come along that is competing with their technology? Iridium has the new Next system coming but I don't believe it is running as yet.
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Old 20-09-2018, 13:56   #2
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Re: Iridium Go prices dropping

Obviously in anticipation demand drops for what will soon be old tech.

But they need to keep revenue up, clear the inventory etc
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Old 12-10-2018, 13:12   #3
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Re: Iridium Go prices dropping

Iridium has not dropped the price, you're just seeing the retail market drive margins down over time.

The Next/Certus stuff is due out beginning of 2019 at the latest, however, it is more comparable to Inmarsat FBB than to a GO.
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Old 16-10-2018, 12:08   #4
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Re: Iridium Go prices dropping

As part of the Iridium NEXT upgrade, there will, eventually, be a new Iridium Go like solution. But it will be probably 18 months before that happens. Right now Iridium Go prices, as mentioned already, are pretty much down to near the vendor cost. There is practically no margin left. There are few alternatives also, the primary one being Globalstar's new SatFi2 which is faster, ie: fast enough to browse the web when needed, and cheaper, but has a limited coverage area compared with Iridium.

Iridium's first focus with NEXT is new broadband hardware, Iridium Certus, which is in the same class as Inmarsat Fleet Broadband but with 100% pole-to-pole coverage and fully solid state hardware (no moving parts). Iridium Pilot which is similar but older, is still available and similar in performance to Inmarsat Fleet One.

In any case, if you need a satellite phone or Iridium Go like device right now or in the next 6-12 months, you should go ahead and get one. If you don't need it for 24 months, then you should probably wait for new solutions that will be available by then.
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