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Old 13-01-2019, 20:53   #1
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Iridium GO on NEXT satellites [Update]


Will be a few years yet by the look of things...No word yet on whether current hardware might see improvements via firmware unless anyone has noticed a change of late?

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Re: Iridium GO on NEXT satellites [Update]

Thanks. Hoping current GO will be faster and/or more reliable, and that next gen GO will offer higher speeds while retaining the unlimited data option at affordable prices
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Re: Iridium GO on NEXT satellites [Update]

There is zero chance that the Go will get faster with firmware. It should be more reliable, and voice quality will improve a bit. But keep in mind that the Go! has already been using the NEXT satellites for almost a year. Any time a NEXT satellite was overhead that's what you'd be using. With the constellation fully complete in the next few weeks (have to move the last 10 satellites into their positions and de-orbit the old ones still) there may be some final improvements across the system.

The current Go! hardware is limited to 2400bps data speeds.. No firmware can change that. Same for the 9555/9575 phones, and the 132kbps speed for the Pilot hardware.

The new Certus hardware will do 350/700kbps and 1.5mbps in the future, but that hardware is about $7-9K and plans are more expensive.

A future replacement for the Go! is still a ways out, probably a year, and speeds will be around 80-100kbps probably. No word on pricing or plans though.
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