provides global, reliable voice and data for individuals who live and work in areas outside of cellular network coverage, or in places with poor landline services. Satellite calls can be routed directly from the satellite phone to the Iridium satellites orbiting above a user's location. Global phone satellite service enables users to communicate in any remote regions where wireless or landline networks are limited, nonexistent or developing. This satellite phone also provides an excellent communication tool for homeland security applications. With Iridium service you can stay in touch across seas and time zones, in remote locations and on the go.
The Iridium 9555 is the ultimate in dependable mobile communications. It is a ruggedly built tool, not a toy. It won’t play games, take pictures, or play MP3s. What it will do is work. Everywhere. Without exception. It is engineered to withstand the world’s toughest environments, so the world’s toughest customers can depend on it as a critical lifeline whenever and wherever need takes them.
Satellite phones are still struggling to make it into this decade, design wise, but Iridium's Iridium's new 9555 phone is a solid leap forward, with its internalized antenna, speakerphone, improved SMS and email and 30% volume reduction in comparison to its predecessor, the 9505a. It's still a piece Gordon Gekko would feel at home with, but I think we can definitely look the other way on clunkiness when we're uplinking to one of Iridium's 66 low-earth birds to call Mom from the barren Mongol steppe while sipping on yak tea—that's persistence that will never go out of style.
The Motorola 9500 series portable satellite phone provides reliable voice and communications, worldwide. Weighing less than 16 ounces, and with a battery life of 20 hours standby and 2 hours talk, the 9500 series is simple to use, supports multiple languages and is data-capable.
If you travel to remote locations and conduct business there, then this phone will get you connected. If you merely travel to exotic locations where there's an existing landline or cellular service, then don't get an Iridium phone. No matter how ridiculous the hotel charges may be for a long distance call, odds are it's still cheaper and better-sounding than the same call made through Iridium. As a fetish object, however, the Iridium phone is very effective. People have stoped us anywhere we used it and asked to touch it.
Basic charge includes a flat fee for the first week's hire with a reducing daily rate per week after that (see rate card). To that you only need to add your call charges, a statement itemising calls will be forwarded to you usually within 7-14 days post-hire to reconcile your account.
Iridium Satellite LLC today unveiled its smallest, most powerful satellite phone - the Iridium "9555" - at its annual Partner Conference in Miami, Fla. The innovative, all-new design of the 9555 offers a significantly reduced size, a more hand-friendly form factor, an intuitive user interface, and new features such as an internally stowed antenna. It is compact, light and easy to use, featuring a brighter screen, a speaker phone, improved Short Messaging Service (SMS) and email capabilities, and an upgraded mini-USB data port. The new phone is engineered to withstand and perform well in the world's most rugged, remote and industrial environments, including being water- and shock-resistant. Combined with the only communications network providing truly global coverage, the 9555 delivers the reliable, secure, real-time, mission-critical communications service that Iridium users have come to expect. "The 9555 is yet another example of our continuing investment in our products, services and infrastructure," said Don Thoma, executive vice president, marketing, Iridium. "In designing the 9555, we believe we have responded to our customers' needs. In addition to delivering this sleek new handset, we also are known for excellent network reliability, which is why we offer the Iridium Network Quality Guarantee." Iridium is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data communications solutions with complete coverage of the entire earth including oceans, airways and even Polar Regions. Iridium customers are organizations and individuals operating in some of the most remote and harsh regions of the world, from distant oil rigs to ships at sea and deserts. The Iridium 9555 utilizes the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world, consisting of 66 low-earth orbiting cross-linked satellites, and operates as a fully meshed network with in-orbit spares. "The 9555 is, by far, the phone that first responders will want to have on hand for backup emergency communications in case of natural or man-made disasters," said Thoma. "Iridium phones are the only handsets that can be used in absolutely any location, in any condition, instead of cellular, landline or radio services that can become inoperable when towers go down or telecommunications infrastructure is compromised. Since the 9555 is lightweight and simple to use, it will be the satellite phone of choice for emergency workers and customers in other remote environments such as the open seas, on rugged industrial sites, and in extreme travel scenarios." "To help us live up to our mission of 'safely bringing the beauty and excitement of adventure to those who pursue it,' we have long relied on Iridium phones during our expeditions," said Mark Gunlogson, president, Mountain Madness, one of the world's top mountain guide services. "Now, having a smaller, lighter phone that still provides that critical lifeline will be a welcome addition to our backpacks as we travel across the globe." The 9555 design includes a menu-driven interface, making it very user-friendly for customers. Soft keys are utilized to allow for flexible menu choices and ease of navigation. Key features of the 9555 handset include: * Lighter weight design - 27 percent lighter than 9505A handset * Compact - 30 percent smaller than 9505A handset * Internally retractable antenna for compact carrying * Illuminated, weather-resistant keypad redesigned for ease-of-use * A menu configurable in any of 21 languages * Enhanced functionality for improved integration of messaging (short email and SMS) * Additional address book fields for more phone numbers, email addresses and notes * Programmable international codes for automatic dialing * Built-in help function * Integrated speakerphone * Mini-USB data port * Standby time up to 30 hours * Talk time up to 4 hours The 9555 handset will be available from Iridium service partners starting in November 2008.
# Dimensions: 143 mm (L) x 55 mm (W) x 30 mm (D) # Weight: 266g (9.4 oz) # Standby time: Up to 30 hours # Talk time: Up to 4 hours # 200 character illuminated graphic display # Volume, signal and battery strength meters # Illuminated weather-resistant keypad # Integrated speakerphone # Quick-connect to Iridium voicemail # Two-way SMS and short email capability # Pre-programmable International Access Code (00 or +) # Mailbox for voice, numeric & text messages # Selectable ring and alert tones (8 choices) # 100 entry internal address book, with capacity for multiple phone numbers, email addresses and notes # SIM-based address book with 155 entry capacity # Call history retains received, missed and dialed calls # User-configurable call timers to manage costs # Keypad lock and PIN lock for additional security
|Operating Frequency:||1616 - 1626.5 MHz, L-Band|
|Duplexing Method:||Time Division Duplex(TDD)|
|Multiplexing Method:||TDMA/FDMA (GSM)|
|Link Margin:||15.5 dB average|
|Average Power:||0.57 Watts average|
|CEIRP Average:||-1.9 dBW|
|TX Spurs General EIRP:||-60 dBW|
|TX Spurs GNSS 1559-1605 MHz:||-80 dBW|
|TX Noise GNSS 1559-1650 MHz:||-70 BW/MHz|
|Standard Battery Life :|
|Continuous Talk Time:||Up to 2hrs (3.2 hours with the optional
High Capacity Battery or 5.5 hrs with the
optional Ultra High Capacity Battery)
|Standby Time:||Up to 16hrs (24 hours with the optional
High Capacity Battery or 48 hrs with the
optional Ultra High Capacity Battery)
|Mechanical & Environmental:|
|Weight:||Under 454g (16oz)|
|Dimensions:||7.60"L x 2.44"W x 2.66 "D
(193mm L x 62mm H x 68mm D)
|Operating Temperature:||-30ºC - 60ºC|