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Old 23-04-2017, 16:50   #1
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Iridium phone

Which model do you have and what plan do you have?
What are your cost per month?

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Old 23-04-2017, 23:42   #2
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Re: Iridium phone

I have an iridium 9575. I was a little disappointed in reception... But I'm in Alaska. I'm told its better down south. With some patience I was able to send and receive forecast info.

Not thrilled with the cost of operation though. Looking for options in the HF email realm.
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Re: Iridium phone

We're using the Iridium GO. Good below deck reception out of the box but perfect with an external antenna, always on 5/5 bars of service. Other than as an emergency phone we use it for weather updates (grib files sent to a connected laptop) and it sends and receives emails and sms fast. Internet is pretty limited but good enough for news updates.

Tracking function is also limited, so I made my own program. Details in the commercial post section.

We have an unlimited plan, $125/month. Pricey but weather updates can be 30+ minutes of data use per update and we can send as many emails to friends and family as we want and use as many tracking messages as we want too.

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Old 18-05-2017, 01:52   #4
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Re: Iridium phone

We went with two way texts instead of a satphone: the Garmin/Inreach Explorer. Very happy with it. Full unlimited waypoints and text messages, spot weather reports, trip tracking, facebook status reports, and emergency alert capability for $75/mo. Limit the waypoints, text messages, and weather reports and you can do $20/mo plus a per text fee over 10 messages. When landbased, the service can be deactivated (month minimum).
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Old 18-05-2017, 03:47   #5
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Re: Iridium phone

I bought the IRIDIUM GO. Cost is $126/mo. It worked well but it's just too much money considering other options available in the Bahamas (Batelco, Chris Parker etc.). I'm thinking I may rip out the expensive hardware and sell it.
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