How to Use Twitter from Your Iridium Satellite Phone

How to Use Twitter from Your Iridium Satellite Phone

Twitter supports Iridium, Thuraya*, and Inmarsat* as mobile carriers. Users of these satellite phones can send Tweets to all of their followers using the SMS messaging capability of their satellite phones. They, in turn, will receive your Tweets moments later on their cell phones, (if they have set up text notification).  You can also integrate your Twitter feed into a blog (like we have done in this blog). Either way you are providing your followers a current timeline of your activities using only a handheld satellite phone. This is a great tool for people operating in remote locations.

Associate your Iridium Phone with your Twitter Account:  The first step is to associate your satellite phone with your Twitter account.  To do this login to your Twitter account using a web browser. Go to your Twitter account settings.   If you are not familiar with Twitter, there is a drop down list identified by a  "gear" symbol in the full version of Twitter that lets you access the account settings.  If you are using, "Settings" is a hyperlink at the bottom of the main page.

  1. Select “Mobile” settings.  If you already have your cell phone attached to the Twitter account you will need to delete it before associating your satellite phone to the account.

  2. Under “Country/region” list  select “Iridium

  3. Below that next to "Phone number" enter your Iridium phone number starting with 8816.

  4. Click the “Activate phone” button.

  5. Keep the Twitter webpage open because you will need it again. Take your Iridium satellite phone outside and register with the Iridium network.   Send an SMS message to short code 40404 with "Go" as the message content.   Notes:  If you have a Thuraya, the short code is 1888.  The short code for Inmarsat is 898.

  6. Now go back inside and return to your Twitter webpage and confirm that Twitter has verified your Iridium SMS settings.   Once registration is successful, you will see a message on your Twitter page that states “Your phone is verified”. Select your mobile notifications on the screen to complete your enrollment.

Use your Iridium Phonebook:   Outfitter Satellite suggests you create a stored Phonebook entry on your Iridium phone for “Twitter” and program the 40404 messaging address.   Once this is programmed, Tweets sent to your Iridium Phonebook’s Twitter entry will automatically post on your Twitter account. Your Iridium phone will store a maximum of  30 messages sent and received. Once you reach that limit, additional messages will need to be deleted to accept or send new SMS messages. You will be notified when you have reached full capacity.  Standard SMS rates apply to outbound tweets.

Cool GPS stuff with your Iridium 9575 Extreme:   If you have the new Iridium 9575 EXTREME, you can send your GPS information as a Tweet.   This would allow your Twitter followers to click a link and see your GPS position as a function of time.    You can even set the Iridium 9575 EXTREME to send the GPS tweets automatically at even time intervals, as you walk along.

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How to Upgrade your Firmware on your Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

The 9555 continues to be a workhorse phone for Iridium. Despite its longevity, the 9555 is still a robust, well-performing device that costs a little less than new equipment. Firmware upgrades help to keep these phones up-to-date with bug fixes and network improvements.

Do I Need a Firmware Upgrade?

First, determine what firmware version you are currently on. To do this, click the "Menu" button on the phone. Then select "Setup". Then select "Phone information". This page will show the current firmware on the phone. As of April 2017, the current firmware version is HT15002.

If you need to upgrade your firmware, you can download the Iridium 9555 firmware upgrade tool by clicking here. The firmware upgrades are towards the bottom of the page.

Upgrade Procedure

You will need a USB data cable to perform the upgrade. The upgrade process can take 20-30 minutes so make sure your computer and the Iridium 9555 are connected to external power during the upgrade so that the upgrade process is NOT interrupted once it begins. Carefully follow the instructions on the PDF included with the upgrade tool.

An important note for this upgrade: You will need to format the address book once the update has been completed. Enter the code *#323# and then the green call button. This will erase any entries in your phonebook and the phone will reboot. If the code is not entered the address book will not function. See the instructions that are included in the firmware file for more info on this.

We Can Do It For You

Outfitter Satellite can perform the firmware upgrade for you for an $89 inspection charge plus shipping costs. Go to the RMA request form here to send us your phone for inspection and upgrade.


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