Iridium GO! Wi-Fi Hotspot for Smartphones & Tablets
Upgrade your smartphone or tablet to connect to the Iridium low-earth orbit satellites for phone, Internet, SMS texting. Now, no matter were you are, from any remote location, foreign country, big city… satellite connectivity will always be available for your smart devices anywhere on the globe!
This cool new portable terminal eliminates “no cellular service” locations period. It uses specialty apps that are downloaded to your smartphone or tablet to make or receive calls, check and send email, connect to the Internet, send files, track your GPS location and a host of other features. The Iridium Go lets you “GO” anywhere, even to the North Pole, just as long as the sky can be seen. And while the Internet connection is quite slow at 2.5 Kbps (uncompressed), it is enough to do the basics such as sending small files, or checking the weather from a mobile weather app. The Go is designed for the Apple® and Android™ operating smartphones. The 100′ Wi-Fi hotspot (30 meters) lets any authorized in-range device or devices to connect.
– The Iridium Go! is now slated for release on July 21, 2014… hopefully this date sticks.
– Supports Voice Calling, Email, Internet, SMS Messaging, GPS, SOS Alert.
– No-Pointing necessary. Just flip up the antenna.
– Stays connected while moving such as on a car,boat – aircraft… as long a sky is seen.
– A unique Satellite Phone Number will be used by your new GO! phone app.
– Connect up to 5 devices (smartphones, tablets)
– Internet Access is through apple or android apps installed on smartphones or tablets.
– There are 4 GO! monthly service plans, and 2 prepaid plans. Prices are shown below.
– Talk time of 7 hour, or 16 hours standby with internal battery.
– Internet speeds are limited to 2.4-2.8 Kbps (uncompressed) and 24 Kbps compressed.
– A 100Kilobyte .jpg image will take 5.3 minutes to transfer on a 2.5 Kbps connection.
– A 1 Megabyte compressed file will take 55 minutes to transfer at 2.5 Kbps.
– Size of the device is 4.5″x 3.25″ x 1.25″ .
– Weight of the device is 10.4 ounces (0.65 lbs, or 295 grams)
– Wi-Fi Range is 100′ or 30.5 meters for up to 5 devices. Connection speed is shared.
– Smartphone connectivity must go through specialized Email or Internet Apps.
– Supported Smartphones/Tablets will be iOS (Apple) and Android devices.
– Laptop connectivity may be supported. Connectivity issues unknown at this time.
– Startup time from powering the device on is one minute.