If you travel in remote parts of Alaska, you need to prepare carefully. Experienced hunters carry a good rifle, a knife, food, cammies and increasingly a satellite phone. They know that depending on a cell phone in Alaska will often leave you unable to communicate in a life-threatening emergency.
Short periods without coverage can occur because the Iridium satellites are in motion relative to the earth, but the Iridium satellite network provides coverage throughout the mountainous terrain of Alaska, even north of the Arctic circle.

Advantages of the Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone:

  1. A built-in GPS receiver & emergency S.O.S. button let you know your exact location and text it to friends directly from the Iridium 9575 satellite phone. The S.O.S. button lets you quickly initiate a phone call to your pre-designated emergency number and send a text stating your location and that you have an emergency. The text message will include a link to an online map that allows your friends to see your location.
  2. Leave a GPS bread crumb trail automatically. With a few quick changes to the default settings, you can configure your Iridium 9575 satellite phone to automatically transmit GPS position reports. The reports can be spaced as often as every 5 minutes if you wish. The breadcrumb trail will give your loved ones piece of mind and will make locating you in an emergency much easier. Professional web-based tracking services are also available.
  3. Up to 4 hours of talk time or 30 hours of standby time are available on a single charge. The Iridium 9575 satellite phone can be used for weeks on a single charge if you keep it powered off when it is not in use. An optional solar charger for your back packcharges while you hike down the trail. The Iridium 9575 satellite phone can be charged using an AC wall charger, a DC car charger, or any USB power port.
  4. Improved weather resistance: The 9575 is not waterproof but it is remarkably weather resistant. It has an amazing IP65 ingress protection rating. This means it passed a very aggressive liquids test where water jets were projected from a 6.3 mm nozzle against the phone's outer enclosure with no harmful affects during a 3-minute exposure involving 12.5 litres per minute. If you need more protection, then get the optional watertight Pelican case for the Iridium 9575 satellite phone.
  5. Diamond tread ergonomic grip helps you avoid dropping your satellite phone.
  6. Optional Optimizer WiFi Hotspot lets you send and receive email from your Windows or Macintosh laptop or your smartphone.
  7. Optional docking stations are available for indoors or below decks use. An external mast antenna or low-profile car antenna is necessary. Though various docking station models are available, we recommend the BEAM PotsDOCK Extreme. It has features including Bluetooth support, a telephone port for use with conventional wired or cordless phones, and an optional backup uninterrupted power source.
  8. Iridium Global coverage: No discussion of the Iridium 9575 satellite phone is complete without mentioning that it offers global coverage. The global network of low earth orbit (LEO) Iridium satellites provides coverage even in deep mountain valleys or canyons. You can be on north pole and still make a call.

Comparison of the Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone with other products:

Of course the Iridium 9575 satellite phone isn't right for everyone. If you want to use your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to make calls, send emails or texts, or browse the web, the Iridium GO! Wi-Fi hotspot would be a better choice. It has the same global coverage as the stand-alone Iridium 9575 satellite phone but lets you bring your own device (BYOD). Like the 9575, the Iridium GO! has an S.O.S. button and tracking capabilities. The Iridium GO! also has special plans with unlimited texting and unlimited direct internet data service. These plans can be a great budget saver for heavy data users.

Another consideration is the need for long duration calls. Unfortunately, as the Iridium LEO satellites move relative to the earth and that means that they can move out of direct line of sight with your satellite phone. The result is a call drop. Most experienced Iridium users accept this inconvenience in exchange for the global coverage, but if you need to make long duration calls without relatively few unexpected interruptions then the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 should be considered. The IsatPhone 2 uses the Inmarsat satellite network which is geostationary, unlike Iridium. Though long duration calls are straightforward with an IsatPhone 2, the coverage is more limited and does not include the polar regions. The IsatPhone 2 is a stand-alone satellite phone and has an S.O.S. button and tracking capabilities just like the Iridium 9575 satellite phone.

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7 Comments

Young-earl Park

Date 10/15/2014

Please sand me your Co. catalog Thank you

outfittertech

Date 10/15/2014

We have our Iridium satellite phone product list online at http://shop.outfittersatellite.com/iridiumphones.html

Corey

Date 10/16/2014

What's the prices for both with service

outfittertech

Date 10/16/2014

The Iridium 9575 is currently $1250. We also offer the Iridium 9555 for $1045 (new with a 12-month warranty) or $699 (used with a 6 month warranty). Go to http://shop.outfittersatellite.com/iridiumphones.html for current pricing on all our Iridium products. *prices subject to change without notice

Çaglar CAYVARLI

Date 11/19/2014

Please send me your Co. catalog, years 2014 Thank you

outfittertech

Date 9/20/2018 9:17:00 AM

Will do.

Donnie

Date 7/3/2015

Dear Jim, Appreciate your thoughts on satellite phones for Alaska. While my career documents a healthy appreciation for the science that made Globalstar and Iridium possible, I do object to some of the above points. First, it is well known that Globalstar has a very sizable following in Alaska, curious as to why GSAT is not even mentioned in this blog. For one, even Inmarsat concedes it does not have practical coverage in Alaska, and it could easily be inferred from the string that isatphone works flawlessly in AK when in fact it's almost completely blind to its own satellite as far south as Anchorage - unless out on the water. However then, even as you write, mobility is not Inmarsats best friend. As a Globalstar reseller, and scientist by education, both you and I that, while coverage is difficult to define with a hard number because of the rapid orbit of LEO satellites, an outage or gap in AK on Globalstar is without question the exception, and not the rule. Suffice it to say that with proper operation of any Globalstar handset, any customer will easily obtain, and maintain a Globalstar call, or data session. In terms of data, while Globalstar's wifi enabled device for smartphones/tablets is not as portable as other satellite wifi hotspots, I have known Alaskans to place far greater emphasis on practicality rather than on aesthetics. you and i know that the CDMA spread spectrum platform (Globalstar) is far more efficient than the (time slot) based TDMA (Iridium)for both voice & data calls. CDMA platform largely accounts for Globalstar's significant edge on both. When one factors: Globalstar = 9.6 Kbps Iridium = 2.4 Kbps And given that a data users (especially on our narrowband systems) will use a fair amount of minutes, if we played it conservatively and said Globalstar airtime is 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of Iridium airtime, then the overall customer's financial benefit of using Globalstar over Iridium is - 10:1 - an incredible margin. Alaskans may be interested to see the Globalstar SatFi, or simply the Globalstar 9600 baud wifi router for the handheld phone as a much more practical, than both the Irididum go and Inmarsat isatphone. The common thread that binds all the customers' questions above it cost. Granted, in Oct 2014, the current Globalstar promotion was not available as it is now, so what a great time for Outfitter to announce it! Globalstar takes pride in the fact it has always maintained reasonable pricing on its equipment and airtime. Globalstar is now making history in the MSS industry by subsidizing the phone at 100% on mid-level plans, which leaves the customer to discuss airtime options. Globalstar airtime, as mentioned above, is far more reasonably priced, than Iridium both for the emergency user, as well as for the heavy talker. Next - 907 Alaska based telephone number on Globalstar phones. For some customers this is not just a big deal, but of mission critical importance. Iridium's country code assignment of +8816 is, and will always be a perpetual inconvenience for many Iridium subscribers. Granted an inbound SMS to the phone or 2 stage dialing to Arionza (now have to know 2 different numbers and 2 country codes to dial to an Iridium phone) may be an easy solution for some, it's not for all. Can you pls shed light on dialing to 800/866 numbers from Iridium? Maybe IRDM has developed a work around to that? Many customers to this day express concern about the high chance of not being able to call to a toll free 800 number from an Iridium phone because the toll free provider will refuse to pick up the international toll charges of -$6.00/min generated by Iridium's numbering plan. Maybe you send a text to a friend and ask them to call the toll free number your trying to contact? Globalstar's 907 numbering plan on its phones is far more interoperable with outside systems. One can call nearly any 800 toll free number from their Globalstar phone, because of its U.S. Based number. More importantly for some - especially who would be dialing from a government agency (we can talk about Oahu, TCC, and Globalstar's status as only mobile satellite operator in U.S. To have redundant ground segment on another occasion) or a business office from where "internationally calling is restricted" placing an inbound call to the Often, is not even physically possible. I think Outfitter Satellite does an excellent job looking after their customers. I have had the pleasure to see you at trade shows in Alaska, and your commitment to each and every customer is outstanding. It's nice to see a reseller/dealer like yourself to treat each customer with pride and respect. You have built a very solid name, deservedly so. I think you educate your customers well about limitations of all 3 satellite systems, Iridium included, and the various work around that can be employed when caught in a bind. I am thankful that Globalstar's quality of service has really bloomed over the past year, as a result of the successful launch of its gen2 system. Please keep in mind that Globalstar was the first of the 3 to have built permanent network infrastructure in the state of Alaska (gateway in Wasilla) employs Alaskans on a full time basis, and remains 100% committed to Alaska. Alaskans are the real winners in the end. With 4 satellite operators providing service in Alaska (need to mention Light Squared / MSAT) & each operator having advantages unique to only their system - it gives Alaskans choices. Frankly, with additional network improvements right on the horizon, Alaskans have yet to see the best from Globalstar. If any customers need a helping hand with their Globalstar phones or have questions about their Globalstar service through Outfitter, I'm always standing by. Globalstar was the first handheld satellite phone to provide "ready out of the box SOS" (with geo location) via standard 911 dialing - with re-routing back to local PSAP. On the flip side, the GPS embedded SOS service on the 9575 is an excellent, and intuitive feature. I applaud that development, in the interest of the customer. Though I must confess, being an owner of both the Iridium 9575 and the Globalstar GSP1700, I disagree with the statement above on size and weight differences. I dare say the Globalstar phone even has an edge over the Iridium 9575 I in both regards - the Globalstar GSP1700 is smaller and lighter than Iridium 9575. Continued success. Donnie

outfittertech

Date 7/7/2015

Hi Donnie, Thanks for your very thorough review of the Globalstar GSP-1700. The article you are responding to was promoted to the fall Alaska hunter demographic which requires coverage throughout the Alaskan main land. As shown on the Globalstar coverage map at http://www.globalstar.com/en/index.php?cid=101&sidenav=85 the "Primary Globalstar Service Area" coverage in Alaska is skewed strongly towards southern Alaska. Most of Alaska's mainland is actually in "Extended Globalstar Service Area" where customers may experience weaker signal. I agree with you that the Globalstar GSP-1700 is much smaller and lighter and has a faster data rate than the Iridium 9575, but in our view coverage throughout Alaska is the decisive factor for hunters in Alaska. Our blog article gives a few sentences to the Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 because we wanted to compare its GPS features and emergency SOS button feature to those of the Iridium 9575. Unfortunately, Inmarsat GPSP service is also very limited in Alaska. Thus, we conclude that the Iridium 9575 is the best overall satellite phone for Alaskan hunters. We strongly promote both Inmarsat GSPS and Globalstar for use in areas where they have excellent coverage. Best Regards Jim

Martin Edwardsen

Date 10/1/2015

I am looking to receive Quotes to purchase a sat phone for personal use.

outfittertech

Date 10/1/2015

elizabeth kindle

Date 8/12/2016

Sirs, please send me a catalog on your products & any info you may have on subsription service as well for northern Alaska bush areas. My address is 1700 so. Tulsa St. Ft. Smith, Ark. 72901. we are planning on moving in that area soon. Thank You

outfittertech

Date 8/13/2016

Hi Elizabeth, Here is a list of products that can be used in northern Alaska. Click here... There are also special low cost service plans for Alaska that might benefit you. Call us at 615-889-8833 on Monday to discuss the best option for you. Good luck in Alaska. Jim

Lloyd Kiyutelluk

Date 10/15/2018

I’d like to find out about satellite service and monthly or yearly rates for SIM cards.

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