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Satellite Phone Plans

We have several satellite phone plans for both Globalstar satellite phones and Iridium satellite phones with multiple airtime options.

GlobalStar Satellite Phone Plans

Globalstar offers the most competitive pricing in the Mobile Satellite services market with several postpaid airtime plan options. Globalstar offers several seasonal and monthly plans emphasizing pricing, affordability, and flexibility to meet customers' specific satellite communications needs.

Globalstar Plans 2017

 

  • Best value with the lowest per minute rates.
  • Great for heavy users and customers who need satellite connectivity on a regular basis.
  • Conveniently pool airtime with Seasonal Plans.

 


Globalstar satellite airtime plans are designed to suit a variety of remote communication needs. Monthly and annual payment options are available. Annual plans provide an exceptional value for seasonal use. Talk to your Authorized Globalstar Dealer today to learn more.

 

Plan Details

  • 12 month term applies.
  • Inbound Short Messaging included in all plans.
  • Voice calls within Home Zone will be billed first minute then 30 second increments.
  • Roaming and Long Distance Calls (outside of Home Zone) will be billed first minute then 60 second increments.
  • Data calls will be included and billed in 15 second increments.
  • Subscriptions on the same annual plan and the same account will have the minutes pooled.
  • Unused airtime will not be rolled over to the next billing cycle.

Roaming:
Globalstar has simplified its Roaming and Long Distance rates to save you money.

  • Roaming Rates: 1.49/minute while roaming outside the expanded Home Zone. No additional minutes deducted.
  • Long Distance: 0.20/minute + minutes used will be deducted from your airtime bundle for calls within the expanded Home Zone to countries outside the expanded Home Zone.

With Orbit and Galaxy airtime plans, you can now call from North America, Europe, Brazil and Northern Africa without incurring roaming charges. Long distance rates may still apply.

Click here to see the expanded Home Zone*
*Legacy plan Home Zone only includes Canada, U.S. and parts of the Caribbean.

Iridium Satellite Phone Plans

 

Iridium Postpaid Airtime
$49.99 Monthly service fee

Cost per minute
Calls to fixed or cellular phones $1.39
Voice or data calls to Iridium phones $0.80
Calls to other satellite phones $9.95
Checking voice mail $0.90
Sending SMS messages (cost per message) Up to 180 characters per message $0.50
Free to receive SMS messages
$8.95 Monthly for 1 + access fee
 
Receiving calls via Iridium 2 stage dialing and 1 + service $1.39
Activation fee $30.00 (Free with 12 months contract) $1.39

1 Plus Access Option

Iridium phones are normally given 12 digit international phone numbers starting with 8816. 1 plus access numbers link a US phone number to the phone. With this option callers will only pay for long distance to the US area code assigned and the user would pay $1.39 per minute to receive the call. Without this option the caller could pay up to $10.00 per minute. The other option is 2 stage dialing.

Two Stage Dialing Option

This option also saves the caller the international charges, but is done by dialing an Iridium gateway first. The caller will dial an Arizona exchange 480-768-2500 and will then get a voice prompt asking them to enter the 12 digit Iridium phone number. This process can take up to a minute so be patient. There is no monthly fee for this option.

Rates do not include any government mandated service fees or taxes. There is a $150.00 early cancellation fee if customer opts for a 1 year service agreement.

 

Iridium Prepaid airtime
Minutes included Valid for Cost Price per minute
75 30 days $165.00 $2.21
200 180 days $469.00 $2.35
500 12 months $749.00 $1.50
3000 24 months $2895.00 $0.97
5000 24 months $4150.00 $0.83

 

Advantages / Disadvantages of Iridium and Globalstar

Globalstar: Advantages

1. Equipment Price: Portables from $499.99. Base stations just $1399.00
2. Airtime price: From $24.99 per month with 10 minutes included and there is an unlimited plan for $149.99 per month for unlimited use to US, Canada, Europe the eastern Caribbean and Puerto Rico and has free text messaging.
3. Globalstar uses a conventional 10 digit US phone number.

4. Phone calls sound clearer due to lower earth orbit satellites.
5. Globalstar has replaced all of their satellites with next generation satellites.  The satellites have a capability of data speeds up to 256K.  There will be lots of new features in next generation phones when they are available.

Globalstar: Disadvantages

1. Not as much coverage worldwide as Iridium. Little coverage in China and Southern Africa and none at the North or South poles.  Temporary loss of coverage in Peru until a gateway issue is resolved.

Iridium: Advantages

1. Coverage better than Globalstar. Works in most areas of the world.
2. Portables are more expensive than Globalstar, but can work with an included magnetic mount antenna. Globalstar requires a car kit or transportable option for in vehicle use.

Iridium: Disadvantages

1. Equipment cost 2-3 times the cost of Globalstar
2. Airtime is $49.99 per month and $1.39 per minute. Iridium uses an international phone number so inbound calls could cost the calling party $10.-12.00 per month without going through a 2 stage dialing process requiring 22 digits. An alternative is to pay $8.95 per month additional for 1 plus dialing giving you a conventional phone number or to buy prepaid incoming minutes.
3. Iridium's system is over 15 years old and is projected to start failing in 2015. They lost many satellites in the last two years due to premature failure. They will need to raise approximately 1 billion in the next few years to replace the system.

 


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