Mobile radio dead zones leave remote workers cut off from their group. Work slows. Safety is in question. Iridium Push-to-Talk doesn't have dead zones. Handheld phones for workers on foot and docking stations for workers in buildings or vehicles assure instantaneous group-wide communications and location awareness. Outfitter Satellite is an Authorized Iridium PTT Reseller.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Iridium PTT demonstration equipment available?
Outfitter Satellite has a limited number of Iridium Extreme PTT and ICOM IC-SAT100 PTT phones available for short duration demonstrations. An iMatrix XB (mobile version) is available to demonstrate interoperability. Our iMatrix XB demonstration kit includes a Motorola mobile radio. If the customer wants to demonstrate there own mobile radio model, a one-time development charge will apply to build the necessary wiring harness. An iMatrix console version is available for purchase for use in in-building command centers.
Demonstration equipment is limited to use within a Small Talk Group (100,000 square kilometers) and must be returned within 2 weeks or your organization will be charged rental fees. For more information or to arrange a demonstration for your organization, please contact us.
Is long-term rental of Iridium PTT equipment available?
Yes, and we have a variety of equipment options. For more information on renting Iridium PTT satellite phones, click here.
Is Telephony service available on Iridium PTT phones?
Yes, some Iridium PTT phones, such as the Iridium Extreme PTT phone, support calls and texts to public switched telephone numbers (telephony) in addition to Iridium PTT communications (PTT). The ICOM IC-SAT100 PTT only supports PTT communications and does not support telephony.
Outfitter Satellite will provide a "companion" SIM card for telephony at no charge for any Iridium PTT equipment that supports telephony functions. Telephony-mode capabilities restricted to Canada, Mexico and the 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is available at no additional monthly charge. Per minute usage charges will apply to telephony calls. Other telephony options available for additional monthly fees include Global telephony coverage (excluding the Middle East) and +1 US Phone Number services. Use of a "companion" SIM card in a non-PTT Iridium phone is prohibited and can result in immediate deactivation of the SIM card without notice.
I have a small organization. Is Iridium PTT right more me?
Iridium PTT is intended for groups of workers needing communications that can reach an entire group simultaneously. If your organization has 5 or more remote workers, Iridium PTT normally offers significant advantages and cost savings. But if your group is small, for example just two or three people, then we recommend using conventional Iridium voice communication or texting services. Our Iridium In-Network Calling Plan allows unlimited direct dialed voice calling between Iridium handsets on the plan. Please contact us for more information on the In-Network Calling Plan.
How many Talk Groups can a subscriber have?
Each Iridium PTT phone can access up to 15 Talk Groups, which can be configured on-the-fly by the administrator of the PTT Command Center web portal. A single Small Talk Group is free to any customer with 5 active Iridium PTT phones. Additional talk groups and larger talk groups are available for additional monthly fees.
Can a Talk Group be used anywhere on earth?
Yes, the Talk Group published on this site can be used globally, except for the Middle East Region. Special service plans are required for the Middle East Region.
How are Talk Groups configured?
On-the-fly web portal controls, let your administrator adjust the boundaries of talk groups or change talk group device membership instantaneously 24/7. Iridium PTT Talk Groups have extremely large coverage areas, and that coverage area can be divided into non-contiguous over-the-horizon regions. For example, a single talk group could include parts of Tennessee, Texas and Hawaii -- and these boundaries can be configured on-the-fly by the administrator in a few moments as the need arises. A Small Talk Group can be divided into up to 5 non-contiguous areas. Larger talk groups can be divided into 10 non-contiguous areas.
Sometimes there is a need for different Iridium PTT subscriber groups to work together temporarily. For example, this is a common occurrence amongst emergency response organizations. If your organization needs to collaborate with another Iridium PTT subscriber group, your organization's administrator can use the Iridium PTT Command Center web portal to temporarily share one of its talk groups with the second organization -- all on-the-fly 24/7 whenever needed.
Can a Talk Group be shared between two subscribers?
Sometimes it is necessary for Iridium PTT users from different subscriber groups to collaborate. For example, this might occur is two state emergency response organizations collaborated during a regional emergency. Temporary sharing of a Talk Group owned by one subscriber can be done in a few moments by the customers' designated administrators through their Iridium PTT Command Center web portals.
Is Iridium PTT interoperable with Land Mobile Radio?
There are several systems on the market for bridging Iridium PTT talk groups with various models of Land Mobile Radio. We recommend the iMatrix because it compensates for the extra time-delay involved in space-based Iridium PTT communications. Versions of the iMatrix are available for land vehicles and in-building dispatch applications. A demonstration of the iMatrix can be arranged.