Satphone use overseas

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 20:14
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Well I rang my service provider,Telstra, and got talking to this fella with a funny accent and he told me to put +61 in front of the number I need to dial when o'seas in Africa.

After trying numerous times to connect to the numbers I was trying to ring, I gave up and just dialled the normal number when I ring home and it worked perfectly well.

Just received the phone bill and it wasn't too extravagant, being charged the same rate as making calls here in Oz.
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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 00:31

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 00:31
Hi Willem, not sure if this will help but....

When you put +61 in front, you drop the 0 before the are code.

So for example a Sydney number is +61 2 1234 5678.

The PLUS represents that countries area code, so in Australia it's 0011. You can try this as well.

My understanding of Sat phones is that once you had a provider it didn't matter where you were.


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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 05:43

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 05:43
Hi Smocky

Thanks for your feedback.

Maybe I didn't word my post too well. Yes, I have already returned from my overseas trip and only discovered the direct dial number after the others failed(after incorrect advice from the Telstra operative). In other words I dialled 08 86........... and was connected within seconds whereas having tried the +61 thing and the 0011 61 8 86...etc as well as the country exit code where I was, 09 61 8 86.......none of them worked.

Obviously my home number is locked in to my Iridium access code. Now, I did not try to ring numbers in Africa. That would have been another exercise but most likely the local code would have sufficed.

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