All satellite networks have their own unique advantages. The advantage of Iridium is that it provides global voice and data connections over the planet’s entire surface. This even includes the polar caps and extremely mountainous terrain that defeat all other satellite networks. This is achieved through a sophisticated global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
Iridium offers a wide variety of equipment including handheld satellite phones, rack-mountable systems, the Iridium Pilot broadband multi-voice-line system, and a small portable hotspot called the Iridium GO! for use with your smartphone or tablet. Short burst data modems are available for OEM applications where small packets of information need to be sent to or from a remote location by automated equipment.
Iridium is currently in the process of launching its long-awaited second-generation Iridium NEXT satellites that will dramatically increase the internet access speeds available to Iridium users. For information on Iridium NEXT, click here.
Iridium offers a global push-to-talk service. To access it, you need to use the Iridium Extreme PTT handset. This phone is similar to the popular Iridium 9575 Extreme in look and functionality except that push-to-talk is supported. It allows unlimited push-to-talk communications with all the other Iridium Extreme PTT phones that are registered on the same talk group. Iridium push-to-talk services can be used anywhere on earth and are amazingly affordable. The Iridium Extreme PTT phone is a good choice for organizations with users that need to communicate in remote locations. Multiple talk groups are available for larger more sophisticated groups. If SMS messaging or calling public phone numbers is required, the Iridium Extreme PTT handset can be switched to "telephony mode". Special equipment options are available to enable portable radios to interconnect with Iridium PTT equipment. Please call for a demonstration.
Iridium Docking Stationsare useful for in-building and vehicular applications. We offer docks for the Iridium 9575 Extreme, Iridium 9555, and Iridium 9505A. If you need a portable docking station that can be moved from vehicle to vehicle, we offer the RapidSAT for the Iridium 9555. Various docking stations are available with different features. The popular BEAM PotsDock has an RJ-11 phone port, a Mini-USB data port, Bluetooth, and an optional privacy handset. It runs on wall power or DC vehicle power. The following external antennas are available for use with any of these docking stations:
The Iridium Pilot is a marine-grade Iridium terminal that offers broadband data speeds up to 128 kbps. It has 3 phone ports and can make or receive 3 simultaneous phone calls. Unlike other marine terminals, such as Inmarsat FleetBroadband, the Iridium Pilot provides global coverage. The three phone lines can be configured (in any combination) as standard lines, as postpaid privileged PIN-code protected Captain's lines or as Crew calling lines. Crew calling lines are used in conjunction with 45-minute or 90-minute prepaid scratch cards.
A wide variety of service plans are available for the Iridium Pilot with various data bundles (in megabytes) for internet access and various voice plans (in minutes). The largest voice plan bundles have per minute rates under $0.50 per minute. Please call us for more information on which service plan is right for you.
We offer lightweight back-pack-mountable solar panels with built-in battery packs suitable for recharging your Iridium satellite phone and most other small electronics while in the field. For more information about the solar panels and portable battery packs that we offer please call.
Outfitter Satellite has a wide variety of service plans for Iridium phones, including prepaid plans and postpaid plans with various bundles of minutes. Seasonal plans are available for short-term use.