Can you still use a telstra sim in a Iridium Sat phone?

Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 20:07
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Can anyone confirm in they are still getting away with a telstra post paid sim in their sat phone?


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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 20:10

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 20:10
Yes, as long as international roaming is enabled, but beware of scammers!

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Reply By: PhilD - Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 20:45

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 20:45
Yes, just come in from the desert doing as described in a 9505A. Straight out of my IPhone into the sat.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:50

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:50
Mine works, but I don't get the low rates that have been talked about. From memory, I think I pay about $2.00 per 30 sec for incoming and outgoing calls.

SIMs that do the cheap rates are no longer available, AFAIK. A friend of mine who has a SIM that gives the low rates was told in a letter from Telstra a few months ago that it will be "upgraded" soon - if it hasn't been already. Presumably when that happens the cheap satphone service that he has enjoyed will disappear.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 12:31

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 12:31
Frank, that $2/30secs is and has been the "standard" cost for using a Telstra SIM in an Iridium phone for yonks.

I would personally doubt anyone's claim to having experienced cheaper rates with that combination unless I could see first-hand evidence.

Given that Telstra are "officially unaware" of their post-paid cellphone SIMs being used in Iridium phones, I would love to see a copy of that letter. I strongly suspect it related to his SIM/plan on the cellphone network and was not in any way referencing satphone use.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 14:18

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 14:18
Zippo, I didn't say that Telstra referenced his satphone use, just that his SIM was being upgraded.

Anyway, that's a bit irrelevant now ...

I just spoke with him. His provider is Boost, who re-sell Telstra. His SIM is a Boost 3G SIM running on the Telstra Network. Apologies for my inaccuracy there.

He confirms that when the SIM is in his 9505A phone his satphone charges are at mobile rates, ie no charge for received calls, mobile rates for outbound calls.

He has been sent a 4G SIM by Boost and invited to activate it "because in June the 3G SIM will no longer work". He has not activated the new SIM and is waiting to see what happens when he puts the old SIM in his satphone in June.

About 12 or so months ago I tried to pick up on this Boost deal and opened an account with them. The SIM they sent me did not work in my 9505A phone, even with international roaming activated. My reading of that is that new accounts have been getting a 4G SIM and they've only just got around to migrating old accounts like his from 3G to 4G.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 16:04

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 16:04
Frank, I'd check your mates details.
1)Boost is a reseller of Telstra, not the other way around. Actually it is a "virtual reseller"
2)Boost will not and has never worked with a sat phone. I have tried it many times over the years.
3)Boost is post paid at any rate
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As it happens Boost is 100% owned by Telstra. Think Qantas / Jetstar, but the SIM still wont work, just like a Telstra post paid SIM wont work... because it IS a Telstra Post paid SIM, its even on the Telstra billing system just like any other Telstra account.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 17:45

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 17:45
Tony,

Sorry, he and I have had many conversations about this and I got my wires crossed.

It was Southern Phones, not Boost. I have found in a junk drawer the Southern Phones SIM that I tried but which didn't work, so it's definitely Southern Phones we're talking about.

Otherwise it's all as I said.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 17:58

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 17:58
Hey Boobook, it has to be a post paid sim to work, not pre paid, doesn't it?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 20:12

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 20:12
@ Michael H9 - Yes...suspect Tony made a boo boo(k) when he said "Boost is post paid at any rate" to support argument SIM wouldn't work.

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Reply By: Chuck It In Low Range - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 15:16

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 15:16
Great thanks guys! Just need to borrow a charger and make sure my 9500/9505 still works before forking out $200 for a new charger
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 15:45

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 15:45
Hello

RE Charger - I have aquired a small pin USB cord as a backup charger for my 9555. The cord only cost <$10 - everyone has usb charger. Trick is to get correct plug...not sure if 9555 is the same as 9505.

USB Charge cables - EBAY

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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 21:35

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 21:35
Completely different charging set up from 9500 to 9555.

Not compatible at all.

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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 22:22

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 22:22
Chuck,

Let me know how you go as its soemthing I'd consider for the folks satphone paying XX per month each month is bit of waste as like you only used for emergencies -maybe bit more frequently for you now though in new role

Rather do a PAYG so long as number isn't deactivated when you don't use it or recharge it after awhile - like what happened with ym 4g telstra dongle for laptop.

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Follow Up By: Nacho - Monday, May 21, 2018 at 13:19

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 13:19
You can still get chargers on ebay for well under $100 and batteries for around $30.
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Reply By: Chuck It In Low Range - Saturday, Jun 02, 2018 at 17:24

Saturday, Jun 02, 2018 at 17:24
All good thinking of upgrading to a 9575

Makes SMS check in easy with GPS
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