Our cutting-edge Iridium satellite phones offer global voice, short messaging, and data service. There are a variety of equipment options including handheld phones, docking stations, external antennas, fax adapters, Iridium hotspots, and Iridium terminals. We offer monthly and annually-billed pay-as-you-go plans for every budget. Global and regionally-optimized prepaid plans are also available. See the Airtime & Services section for more information.
If you are a regional user in Alaska, Canada, Africa, or South America, the lowest cost approach may be regional prepaid service. If you are a global traveler, global prepaid plans are available at a slightly higher per minute rate for periods of time ranging from 1 month to 24 months. On the global plans, if you reload during the validity period the unused minutes roll forward (except that minutes still must be used within a certain number of years, called the maximum carry-over period, or they eventually will be lost if unused). See your specific prepaid service agreement for complete details.
Some users need the assurance that unlimited calling is always available when they need it. This is especially true of users that get their satellite phone for emergency or crisis response. When the crisis comes, there is no time for activating a plan or reloading a prepaid account. For these users, postpaid pay-as-you-go plans with standard monthly billing are optimal. Large bundle short season plans are available for users that only need their Iridium phones during for short periods, e.g. 3 months. Outfitter Satellite also has some plans with very low monthly fee plans but high per minute rates for emergency use applications.
If you have the new Iridium GO! hotspot for iOS and Android smartphones, you can use any of the standard prepaid or postpaid Iridium SIM cards and plans discussed above, but there are some great plans specially designed for the Iridium GO! with unusually low costs for Iridium Direct Internet Data and SMS / texting.
Simply put, Iridium commands the furthest reaching and most reliable mobile satellite communications network in the world.
Powered by a uniquely sophisticated global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, the Iridium network provides high-quality voice and data connections over the planet’s entire surface, including across: