Sat Phone Rebates

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 14:29
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Hi,

I enquired about getting the rebate for a sat phone purchase and was told by a seller that I had to go onto a plan and be allocated a telephone number at the time of purchase. This was to stop people getting the rebate and then reselling the phone on e-Bay.

I was hoping to use my Telstra SIM card and use my current mobile account. Getting the international roaming enabled and the unblocking the 1900 numbers.

Has anyone done it the way I planned, without having to go one one of their plans. Are there any tips to getting it done this way.

Regards,

Farms

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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:01

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:01
Hi

I am not familiar with how much is to be saved getting the rebate but maybe consider purchasing a second hand sat phone that will accept you card...savings maybe similar? Just a thought.

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Follow Up By: Farms - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:23

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:23
Hi Greg,
I was hoping to buy a new one and get the $700 rebate.
Thanks for your reply though
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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:18

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:18
Here's the link to the Sat phone Subsidy scheme http://www.dbcde.gov.au/mobile_services/the_satellite_phone_subsidy_scheme
You don't buy the satphone until you have the subsity approval.
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Follow Up By: Farms - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:28

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:28
Hi Rod,
I am "full bottle" on the scheme. Its just buying the sat phone, on the subsidy, without having to go on one of their "plans".
I only need it for emergencies and hopefully never have to use it.
Thanks for your reply and the link though.
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:50

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:50
Hi Farms,
I have an Isatphone on a prepaid basis. Like you for emergencies out the back of beyond.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 21:14

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 21:14
Same here. We are also on a prepaid account. Only sent GPS emails to the grandkids. Only ever made one call and that was to Mt Dare as we changed plans.

I do not think that the subsidy is not a set amount. Ours was only $500.

Phil
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Reply By: craigandej - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:54

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 15:54
Hi,
I enquired with a few sellers, all the same story. You have to go on a plan for 2 years or prepaid with a 2 year expiry. The subsidy saving was not worth the plan fees as the phone is for emergencies only. I just bought a 9555 iridium with 24 mins use for $800 second hand. My telstra sim will do just nicely.

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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:39

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:39
Hi Craigandej

Let me know if your card works, I gave up my Pivotel plan as it was costing me $45 per month and I only used the phone once a year.

I tried my wife's Telstra nextG card with global roaming activated and it says 'sim error'. I then bought a $2 card at Telstra and activated it with $50 and roaming and although it registers on the network if I try make a call it says 'denied'.... ???

Let me know please, I have the Iridium 9555.

Regards

Derek
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Follow Up By: craigandej - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:49

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:49
Hi Derek,

According to what Ive researched so far the Telstra SIM must be on post paid i.e. on a plan. A casual plan can be bought for $10 a month. Prepaid SIMS wont work, I tried mine it registers then says denied.
Will tell for sure when I next visit Mum who has the right SIM set up, I will trial it first before committing to the $10 plan.

Regards
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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:56

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:56
Great, Thank You.

Please email me when you have done the test, my next trip is in July so plenty of time to work it out.

Regards

Derek

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Follow Up By: Al-one - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 20:31

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 20:31
Hi Craigandej,
Yes, I would be interested to hear as well. I have been just been trying today with my prepaid Telstra sim card making sure I had global roaming set up and 1900 call barring removed. Similarly to Derek I get an access denied message. I too have an Iridium 9555
Cheers,
Al-one
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 21:20

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 21:20
Hi

Been discussed before on forum many times. Post paid Telstra works with global roaming activated with Iridium phones.

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Follow Up By: Johnhu - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:25

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:25
As Greg and Craigandej state - The Telstra sim needs to be postpaid (on a plan) with Global Roaming enabled, and not pre-paid.

I can confirm that the Telstra "Casual $10" plan works fine, as I use it in my Irridium 9505. The $120/year minimum was cheaper than any of the 'proper' sat phone plans I could find at the time.

John
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Follow Up By: craigandej - Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 20:49

Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 at 20:49
Hi Derek and Al-one,
Its been a bit late coming due to floods, but I finally checked out my 9555 with Mums $10 telstra plan SIM. Its works fine, registered immediately even inside her house, I dialled to and from the sat phone, no international prefixes needed. When dialling to sat phone a message says.....there will be a delay while your call is connected.

Will wait and check her next bill for costs.

Also spoke to a Telstra shop recently, told them what I wanted to do, re $10 plan. Their response was yes it will work but they dont advertise it.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:44

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 17:44
If you want the rebate it looks like you will have to hurry. Reports are the rebate finishes 30 Jun.
Satellite phone subsidy ending - Kondinin Group Report
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 22:46

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 22:46
Yet to see if anything develops to replace this scheme - nothing announced as yet - but i am watching.

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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:43

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:43
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Reply By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:44

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 19:44
try www.trtelecom.com its in blackburn melbourne,used to be a 4 month contract then go on a monthly basis,thats what i am on bye barry
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 22:39

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 22:39
Did that get you the subsidy Barry?

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 20:27

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 20:27
to mother hen,yes i got my subsidy ok,only took a week through,trtelecom,was back about 8 years ago,been on monthly basis since the 4 month contract ran out,bye barry
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Reply By: V8 Cruiser Ute Paul - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 00:14

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 00:14
Gday I have a Inmarsat phone I purchased thru Satellite Phone Sales 1300 197 600 out of Perth several years ago , there service was excellent . I did qualify for the rebate and have used the phone several times for emergencies . Have just bought another 100 minutes of credit for about $250 , this will last 1 year , small price to pay if it saves a life .
I fish , camp and 4WD alot out of Broome , GRR, Mitchell Plateau, Fitzroy River , etc , no mobile service .
Give this a mob a call they are very helpfull
Hope this helps
regards
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Reply By: Mad Habits - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 09:11

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 09:11
Just saw this
Eligibility for rebate

Individuals may apply for one subsidy. Small businesses, educational institutions and community groups may apply for two subsidies. Indigenous corporations, health and emergency service organisations may apply for more than two handset subsidies.
Handsets must be connected to a satellite phone sim card at the time of purchase.

Doesn't look like your plan (using existing testra sim) would be eligable for the rebate. A prepaid sat sim would be though. That dealer is just trying to stitch you up!

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Reply By: Member - ross & chris - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:33

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:33
hi we bought a our satphone pro from isatphone ...we put in for the subsidy and received conformation a week later....so go into the goverment site and check it out.. we got ours about july last year....as we were doing a big trip accross australia and we qualified for the amount of time we would be outside service area.....which a lot of tracks and areas dont in the outback SA.WA.NT. dont have and that you must be out of service for a total of 180 days over 2 years or 90 days per year...hope that helps
all we had to do was buy a prepaid card. so we have a casual account ...they also were one of the cheapest to buy from with good back up service...cheers ross and chris










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Follow Up By: Farms - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:16

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:16
Hi Ross,
when you filled out the subsidy application how much detail did you have to go into on Q20 to substantiate the the time spent outside mobile phone range.
Thanks for the reply.
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Reply By: Member - ross & chris - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 18:23

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 18:23
hi farms this is chris
i went into to much detail when applying for the subsidy... 3 pages worth that i attached to the form....i looked up all the places we wanted to visit and most had no service unless you were in a town......because in some towns you have to be right in it to get some servce....we spend most of our camping out of towns and we like to sit. for a while.....so going to cape york for instance for 3 months sitting in various places fishing in great spots equates to 90 days without service...i guess you can make it simple or like me hard and gave the whole story of where we were going....by the way we got 50% off our isat phone pro..after it was approved we rang the dealer and told them we wouldnt be needing it for about 6 weeks ...part of the deal was to purchase airtime off them so we bought a $50 pre paid with sim card when we were heading off on our adventure....we keep the phone number given at purchase and when we want more air time when and wherever we are.... we buy more units for whenever we need it. they can be contacted 24/7 a day...you dont get 000 on this phone so we travel with each states royal flying doctor service numbers in our phone as they are on air 24/7...and can help you out by getting things done when in an emergecy..hope this helps...may be they have changed access to this subsidy since then.....but ring these people we mentioned they do it all over the phone and send anywhere in a australia....

hope this helps chris



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