9505a satellite phone with Nano Sim Adapter

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 19:37
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Hi all,

I've tried the search (here and Google) with no success to my question!

Has anyone actually tried a Nano Sim adapter in their 9505a satelite phone?

I am just about to purchase a 9505a and already have an iPhone 5s with a Telstra Global Roaming enabled Nano Sim.

There are Sim adapters that can be purchased to suit the 9505a but there is conflicting information on wether this will work or not.

I'm not really interested in getting another separate phone plan, as the $10 Telstra plans are not available anymore.

Not expecting to make any calls, it will be for emergency only (potential breakdowns).



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Phil P
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 21:39

Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 21:39
Phil

My Telstra SIM (post paid for every day use) is a Micro SIM (from Samsung S4).....I have no trouble using it in the 9505a with the appropriate adapter...just careful with the insertion

when out of reach I just drop the SIM in the adapter and all good

Cant see why the Nano would be any different unless the gold chip thingy is in a different spot once inserted in the adapter

sorry cant be specific on the Nano
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 05:51

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 05:51
I just use a cheap ebay adapter for mine. Works fine. I have a Galaxy note 2.

I may be wrong but I believe the $10 is still available, it's just not advertised any more. You have to specifically ask for it in the shop.


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Reply By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 08:37

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 08:37
Hi Phil. Yep just tried it last Saturday. Telstra $10 a month nano sim with adapter in the old sat phone. No problems.
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Reply By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 08:39

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 08:39
I just bought a $10 a month plan just last week. Had to ask for it specifically though.
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Reply By: Emerging I.T. - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 11:57

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 11:57
No issue running adapters but be careful. The cheap and nasty ones will and can damage the contact pins. Buy a good quality adapter and you shouldn't have any issues.
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Reply By: Phil P - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 15:24

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 15:24
Thanks. Just purchased a 9705a and tried it with my Nano Sim from my iPhone 5s and it worked fine.

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Follow Up By: Winner W - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 16:45

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 16:45
So it is still possible to use your Telstra sim on a plan with international roaming activated in the Iridium sat phone ? Telstra's cheapest plan for any phone is $25 a month which is getting close to the $45 for a sat plan .No more cheap $10 ones.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 16:57

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 16:57
Hi Winner,
Kevin, Reply 4 of 6 above, says he has just purchased a $10 casual SIM.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:01

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:01
plus the telstra website doesn't list a $45 sat plan ...they start at $35, next cheapest is $55.

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Follow Up By: Winner W - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:07

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:07
Strange, been to two Telstra shops in Carindale. Showed me the casual plans on computer starts at $25 a month as I enquired about the $10 plan. I may still take that option if it works.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:30

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:30
Quite frankly, I have found the Telstra shop here to be absolutely hopeless, charming but hopeless. I have never got what i wanted without a hassle and usually only after being connected by their phone to another person in the dark depths of Telstra. When I first got my satphone and went to arrange a SIM the assistant did not even know what a satellite phone was!

I have recently dumped the $35 Sat plan and will now simply move my mobile SIM over to the satphone when going remote. Even cheaper than a $10 plan. Sure, the calls cost more, but mine is only for dire emergency use and who cares what the call costs in that circumstance? If you want to chat to the family back home each day, then that may be another matter. I am in the favourable situation of rarely giving out my mobile number so will not receive unexpected calls on the satphone from other than family who would only bother me when outback for very vital reasons. Others could have a problem with unwanted calls I guess.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:52

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:52
Allan. Be aware that when you turn your sat phone on you may get a bunch of SMS messages. They'll cost you $1.50 ea.
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:54

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:54
I placed a call into Telstra and they had no knowledge of the $10 plans.

Anyway with Post Paid and International Roaming enabled it worked fine. Made and received a call.


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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 18:13

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 18:13
Phil i think you have to go into the shop and be specific. And whatever you do, do not mention the word Satellite!!!!
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 19:39

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 19:39
I agree, don't even say moon, planet, spacecraft or capsule! LOL
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 19:42

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 19:42
Yeah, thanks Boobook. The only SMS I get are some stupid promotions from Telstra. Have to find a way to block them.
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Follow Up By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 20:06

Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 20:06
OK I'll chuck in my 2c worth again. I went into the Telstra shop in the Queen St Mall (Brisbane) and asked the young man if they still did the $10 casual plan. He say he didn't know but would ask someone else. The guy that then served me had no problems with it. I said I need it while I travelled (interstate and OS). As has been mentioned before - "Don't mention Sat phones". Just trust us that it works. You don't have to answer their questions about why you want it. Ask them to turn international roaming on straight away. It can be done - it happened to me! (but wait - don't send any money).

I bought a set of adapters for about $6 from someone in Vic I think it was. The adapter does not touch the terminals - they are on the other side.

My nano sim works fine in the sat phone and I can also use it in my iPhone 5.

I only give out the number to my family as a "SH@@ happens" number - other than that it's only us making emergency calls.

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Follow Up By: Winner W - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 20:32

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 20:32
So today I went to the Queen st Telstra shop to get my $10 casual sim..........naaaaahhhhh such thing. Only $25 plan. So I got one ...and asked can you please activate International roaming for me? Sure sir , that's $300 deposit off your card that comes off from your monthly usage over the next few months .

So I ordered my sat phone and hope this will work. If it does its not $45 a month.......
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Follow Up By: Turbo 1 - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 22:01

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 22:01
yes that's correct winner. what a lot of these experts didn't mention is you need some kind of telstra account to avoid such deposits.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 09:57

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 09:57
Hi

Don't think anyone has claimed to be an expert (unless you are) - they have all just provided their individual account of their experience with Telstra. It is very clear that any rules/advice are applied/provided in an apparent random fashion, though time frames need to be taken into account - for all we know the "rules" may have changed again overnight.

I for one can state that I just walked in (~14 months ago) to a Telstra shop, purchased a $10 casual plan sim, went home, rang Telstra and asked for International Roaming to be activated (they said yes, no questions asked), waited a few hours, turned on sat phone and it worked. I was not a Telstra customer (haven't been for over 15 years) and therefore had no credit history/"account", certainly didn't hand over $300.

My understanding at the time was that in theory, as a new Telstra customer, I had to wait several months until they sus me out or hand over the deposit, but obviously the rule is not applied in all cases/circumstances. This was over a year ago..maybe they have clamped down, even so you dont have to pay $300, just pay your bill on time for a set period (?) and then ask for IR to be activated, no good if you need it straight away but still an option.

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Reply By: BarryMcKenzie - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 05:25

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 05:25
G'day Phil P,

I also have a 9505a and also have a Telstra account, and recently upgraded my mobile to an iphone 5 and did not want to go down the path of a sim adapter.

Asked my wife to pick up a $10 Telstra sim for me last week whilst she was at a Telstra shop in Brissy, no mention to them of the Satphone..... They said no, can't be done, will have to go on a $25 sim plan, she left it at that.

Yesterday I went to a different Telstra shop and luckily got two salespeople who knew what they were doing and with their knowledge I now have a $10/month sim card with International roaming. (once agiain no mention of satphone)

As the satphone would only be used if we are in the u know what, am not worried about the higher call charges etc etc.

Every time I deal with a Telstra shop or on the phone with Telstra, it really comes down to striking the right person with the right knowledge. Nothing against their staff, just seeing how many plans/options etc that were available on the computer at the shop yesterday and how often they probably change these options/plans it would take a while to learn as a salesperson and then to keep up with the whims of a marketing department.....

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Follow Up By: Member - RUK42 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 07:43

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 07:43
I'll certainly eat humble pie - I didn't realize that you might need a current account with Telstra to get the $10 plan (have home phone with them). I would also agree with Baz - the right person at the right time.
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