The Iridium GO!® is a rugged Wi-Fi hotspot small enough to fit in your shirt pocket but powerful enough to enable your smartphone or tablet to make phone calls or send text messages over the global Iridium network. Up to 5 smartphones can be connected simultaneously. The Iridium GO! is light weight and portable. Mount it on the dashboard of your car. Stow it in your back pack. Outfitter Satellite also offers a USB solar charger option for your Iridium GO! and your smart device.
How Does it Work?
Just download the free Iridium GO! App for your smartphone and you can make phone calls, send SMS messages, or automatically leave a GPS trail. If you have an emergency, you can send an alert "SOS" notification directly from the app.
Just take the Iridium GO! outside and flip up its integrated Wi-Fi antenna. It will automatically power on and connect to the Iridium global network. You can make up to 7 hours of phone calls on a single charge.
Up to 5 smart devices can connect wirelessly to the Iridium GO!, but only one can make phone calls at any given time. When an inbound call comes in, all the smart devices registered on the Iridium GO! will ring. Whoever answers the call can pass it to any of the other users if desired.
Manage Individual Access Rights: The administrative account can assign privileges to the individual user accounts. For example, one user can have the rights to make Tweets, send and receive SMS messages, and make calls, while another user can be limited to only receive SMS messages.
Email and Other Data Applications: Another free app, Mail & Web, is available for users wanting to send and receive emails, photo share, look at weather information, and upload posts to Twitter.** Customers are advised that the data speed of the Iridium GO! is only 2400 bps (very slow). Customers using the Iridium GO! for light email activity will generally be satisfied, but sending emails with attachments larger than 100 KB can be difficult. Outfitter Satellite does not currently recommend the Iridium GO! for web browsing because of ongoing issues viewing websites with SSL security and certain iOS compatibility issues.
Weather GRIB Files: Third party weather GRIB file apps are available for a small additional cost. We recommend WeatherTrack GRIB for iOS users.
The Iridium GO! can be a powerful safety tool. Simply use your Iridium GO! app to select a time interval for new position updates and identify the email address of the person that will be receiving them. The email reports contains your latitude, longitude, altitude and the time your position report was sent. A hyper link in the email report displays the position on a map (see right).
The GPS tracking reports are billed as SMS (short message service) messages. Outfitter Satellite offers both prepaid and postpaid plans. Select postpaid plans (starting at only $99 per month***) allow unlimited texting for a fixed monthly fee. Outfitter Satellite also offers economical web-based tracking services for a fixed monthly fee that would allow you to monitor a single vehicle or a fleet of vehicles using Iridium GO! anywhere on earth.
Emergency S.O.S. Messages: If you have an emergency, a single button press will send an email alert that is
tagged as an EMERGENCY and includes your GPS location. This can be done directly from the Iridium GO! without a smart device. An S.O.S. also can be sent using the Iridium GO! app on a smart device. An S.O.S. from the app can also start a voice call to an emergency number of your choice. How it works depends on how you configure it. You choose.
Global Emergency Response Services or GEOS
is included with your Iridium GO! at no additional cost. This is a tremendous safety feature, especially for people traveling in remote areas of the world. Before using GEOS, you must register online and configure the S.O.S. button to contact GEOS during an emergency. See our review of GEOS
Quick GPS: You can manually send a Quick GPS report with your current location to a list of up to 5 email recipients. This can be done directly from the device or from a smart device through the app.
* Iridium GO! support for laptop computers, including Windows and Macintosh operating systems, will not be available at launch but is expected in the future. Iridium GO! tracking services use SMS messaging. The monthly fee of some postpaid plans for the Iridium GO! includes an unlimited amount of SMS messaging. Usage of other services such as voice calling is at additional cost as described in the service agreement(s). Outfitter Satellite offers optional web-based tracking services for additional cost that can store the GPS reports so that you can see your Iridium GO! tracking history. Please call for more information.
**IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE IRIDIUM GO! MAIL & WEB APP: The data rate of Iridium GO! is 2400 bps. It is not a broadband internet device. Only specialized internet applications such as the Iridium Mail & Web app, can be expected to perform adequately via an Iridium GO! device. Outfitter Satellite has found that Iridium GO! is effective for light email activities when the Mail & Web app is used. Web browsing is not recommended by Outfitter Satellite. Broadband internet applications such as Skype and video conferencing are not supported.