Sat Phone Experiments

Am looking at buying an Iridium sat phone and am wondering has anyone tried a Telstra Next G prepaid SIM (Global roaming enabled) in one. I know that a post paid Next G SIM will work. I dont want to go on a plan (Next G or satellite) as I have a great free call pre paid deal from years ago. The sat phone will get minimal use so just swapping the SIM when needed will suit my needs.

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Reply By: muffin man - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 22:52

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 22:52
Wont work.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 22:56

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 22:56
It has to have international roaming activated and Telstra won't do so for pre-paid. Our mobiles are prepaid so we take out a short term plan through a provider. You can buy a "casual plan" from Telstra for $10 a month and cnacel when you don't need it. That is probably the cheapest alternative.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:01

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:01
Sorry about typo :(
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Follow Up By: craigandej - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:04

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:04
Sounds like thats my best option, was just curious because you can now have prepaid Next G with international roaming activated.

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Follow Up By: Kanga1 - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:08

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:08
Hi guys, we have had 2 Iridium Sat phones in the last 5 years both have been 9505a models, and both have only ever had Telstra global roaming enabled Sim cards in them when we needed to use them. They have worked fine, $4 a minute for outgoing AND incoming calls billed to your Testra account, SMS I can't remember the cost. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 01:44

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 01:44
Hi craigandej

I had not heard that. I know with pre-paid due to better arrangements between Telstra and these countries, they allowed international use with just some countries for pre-paid. I was not aware of full roaming for pre-paid.

If you get a lot of calls on your mobile it would be better to get the $10 plan and a separate number. This because every time anyone calls you while the card is in the satellite phone, you will pay the costs of the 'divert' from your mobile to the satellite phone at satellite calls cost.

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Follow Up By: Danna - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 10:46

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 10:46
Hi everyone.
I don’t want to hijack this thread, but I don’t want to open almost same thread again.
We have Iridium sat. phone 9505 (NOT a). Right now we are on TRTelecom plan, the basic one. We have total minimum calls (0)... well we never call anyone when we are out there and we do not give our # to friends or family.
The phone is only & only for our personal emergency. If someone in family or friends is sick or have some misfortune we can’t help from out there anyway.
Would it Telstra Global roaming enabled sim card the casual plan from for $10 a month work in Iridium Sat. Phone 9505?

We appreciate you help big THANKS Dana
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 10:53

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 10:53
Dana,
it works fine in mine. Just make sure they do activate the global roaming on the sim.

As MH said I just cancel it when not in use.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 15:45

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 15:45
Danna posted:

'Would it Telstra Global roaming enabled sim card the casual plan from for $10 a month work in Iridium Sat. Phone 9505?'

Yes
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Follow Up By: Danna - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 19:02

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 19:02
Oh guys,
I just have wonderful experience in Castle Towers Telstra shop (on bottom floor)
This guy George was so knowledgeable and helpful, I can't believe it.
For example he told me, that I can buy Telstra Global roaming SIM for $30,~ over internet (only) and right now on special and pay $15,~ for $30,~ card. Then before I go, I just activate/ enabled Global roaming by registering the card. If I buy it over counter in shop, I pay full amount of $30,~. But there lot more info, so if you live in area, go and see him.
I'm not his friend or any other way associate with him or company ... I was just very, very happy with his service!
Ciao Dana
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Follow Up By: craigandej - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 20:56

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 20:56
Hi Danna , I believe those half price SIM's are pre paid. If you purchased one for a sat phone, I'd like to knpow if it works. Thanks, Craig
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Follow Up By: Danna - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 21:50

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 21:50
Hi Craig
Only thing is, I want to activate the card in June or even in July before we go WA.
Cheers Dana
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 19:58

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 19:58
Hi motherhen,Just recieved a email from Telstra about Sat ph plans and was told that they only offer 24 mth plan at $30 a mth .Don't know if this is correct or not now.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 20:46

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 20:46
24 months on $30 per month would be the minimum Grundle - but dearer monthly fee plans are still listed. The more you pay per month the less you pay for calls.

Telstra satellite phone plans

You could probably still cancel a plan - but a fee would apply.

I will not go back to Telstra because of the lack of flexibility. We didn't get a subsidy. Next time we go outback i will use a provider like TRTelecom for flexibility as they have a minimum of only four months, but their minimum monthly fee is now $35.

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Follow Up By: Danna - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 13:18

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 13:18
Guys,
we always used TR Telecom up to now.
Only thing is, that I do the research time to time, it is "you never know" approach....
Cheers Dana
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 14:02

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 14:02
Yes could cancel Motherhen but you have to pay what is owing on contract,which still makes Telstra way to pricey.Only need for short time so will probably hire.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 14:16

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 14:16
Hi Grundle; "but you have to pay what is owing on contract" - so that makes cancelling somewhat pointless.

When we suspended (not cancelled) our contract after around two months when we got home in 2008, Telstra wanted to charge a fee, but the call where the dealer was told there would be no fee was on their records. I had only purchased the phone on this understanding. It took a couple of weeks of them not returning calls, and not being able to speak to anyone in the satellite phone area when i called, to get it done.

When i phoned to suspend after reactivation for five months in 2009 they still charged no fee, but said in future suspension was not possible for short periods, so i cancelled with the idea of using TRTelecom for future use.

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 13:13

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 13:13
Craig, I would be surprised if your pre paid deal from years ago would be better than a current business plan? As I understand it deals have gotten way better than earlier pre paid deals. The cost of everything has come down especially data.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 11:36

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 11:36
Old post paid out of date contract for Phone = $49 per mth for $400 calls + 1gig data ,, new Prepaid = $30 per mth for $250 calls + 1gig data + FREE calls 6pm to 6 am !!
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 11:40

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 11:40
No I am referring to business plans. Post paid or pre paid casual rates are up to 4 times dearer than a business plan.
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Reply By: Member - Rod D (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 14:28

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 14:28
I can see a serious problem with using a Pre-paid sim in a satellite phone.

What happens when you use your phone for an emergency and you run out of credit?

A $30 pre-paid will get you 7.5 minutes of talk at the $4 per minute rate, not a lot of time in an emergency.

I think like most people here I carry a satellite phone purely for emergencies.
I would much prefer to use the sim from my regular Telstra mobile or pay $10 per month for a casual plan and end up with a large bill rather than being limited to the amount of call time I have to sort things out or running out of credit halfway through.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 20:54

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 20:54
A SIM will not work unless international roaming is activated, and i understand Telstra will not do this with pre-paid.

In a regular phone, i think 000 will work with no credit.

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Reply By: V8 Cruiser Ute Paul - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:54

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:54
Gday Craig

I have used the Iridium sat phones for years and was going to purchase 1 for myself .
I contacted a company WWW.satellitephonesales.com.au and ended up with an Inmarsat which I prefer , its easier to use , I'm probable what you would call technically challenged .

There are several different plans , I use the 100 minutes which costs about $240 and lasts 12 months . Each year you get another SIM card and phone number .
There is provision on the phone to no how much talk time you have left .

I should point out I have left several replies about this company on other forums . I don't have shares or any connection with them . I just got good advice and service so I would recommend them .
Get on there website or give them a call
Hope this helps
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