Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone: Safety at Sea

Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone lets remote travelers enjoy safety and reliability all in a compact device. In fact, having a satellite phone under decks is a precautionary measure that can solve any unexpected communication necessity on the high seas.

Mobile communication is the only solution that allows a faster and easiest capability in conditions that require a prompt action. Satellite phones, in particular, enhance this hands-free functionality with a more powerful connection.

But why remote travelers choose Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone and its phone plans? Before diving deep into the features and characteristics of this satellite phone, it would be nice to discover how a device providing this technology can actually make the difference.

Sarah Outen: an Iridium Satellite Phone saved her life

On May 13th 2012, Sarah Outen sets off her boat, Gulliver, to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean from Japan to Canada. After just a few weeks on the ocean, on the 5th June, the Tropical Storm Mawar hit with winds of more than 65 knots, and 15 meters waves.

This is when Sarah, strapped in her rowing boat cabin, decided to use her Iridium satellite phone to keep friends and family updated. The people communicating to her through the device immediately made her feel less lonely.

Two days later, the boat was so damaged that she had no choice but to call for assistance and an emergency pickup, by activating her Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to allow the Japan Coast Guard to locate her position and  staying in hourly contact with my team before they arrived to finally rescue her.

How to use Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

If it is true that a simple call can change your life, so it is when it comes to know the proper use of a device. Iridium 9555 is easy to manage, just follow these steps and enjoy all its features and possibilities.

Choose the Iridium phone plan and find the number

One of the most common questions when it comes to a new satellite phone is, for example, ‘what is my Iridium 9555 phone number?’. Once you have chosen the right phone plan among the ones available, you go through an activation process that allows you to identify your satellite phone number.

How to find Iridium 9555 phone number? The service provider usually share this information with the phone owner via email (like Verasat does) or with a sticker, in the case of satellite phone packs comprising also of an airtime plan. Another easy trick is to make a call from the satellite phone to a smartphone to show the related number.

Making calls with Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

The first rule to a proper usage of the Iridium 9555 is to avoid trying making calls in a building or by an obstruction. In fact, satellite phones need clear access to the sky as they have been thought for outdoor usage. Having this clear, let’s take a look at this:

1) From Iridium 9555 to a landline phone: to make a call originating from an Iridium 9555 satellite phone to a landline phone, you need to dial 00 (or the sign +) followed by the country code (you find them in this page) and the number you wish to reach;

2) From Iridium 9555 to another satellite phone: to make a call from a satellite phone to another satellite phone, you have to dial 00 (or the sign +) followed by the phone number, where 870 stands for Inmarsat, 8816 for Iridium and 88216 for Thuraya.

Sending SMS and Emails with Iridium 9555

You can send text messages (SMS) from and to any Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone. The first thing to know is that sending an SMS from a mailing service will hide the subject; it is so recommended to start the SMS with the subject within the message text, as a first paragraph.

It is possible to send an SMS to an Iridium 9555 using Iridium online web form here, or sending an email by applying the following 8816XXXXXXXX@msg.iridium.com, where the first part of the email address coincides with the number of the satellite phone’s user.

Mobile satellite messaging services

Verasat has developed two satellite messaging services for Iridium, Inmarsat and Thuraya users. With Satway, it is possible to send free SMS messages to other users in remote locations using these networks. Satway Pro, on the other hand, is a mobile satellite messaging service that integrates two-way text & voice messages and geolocation, connecting your satellite phone in remote areas to your loved ones via an App available for IOS and Android.

If you are not sure whether or not Iridium 9555 is the right satellite phone for your needs, contact us and we will choose the perfect solution at reasonable prices (we speak English, French, Spanish, Catalan and Russian):

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