Sending SMS messages to satellite phone?

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 12:52
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I have tried sending an SMS message to my Motorola 9505 via the "Send a satellite message" feature on the iridium website .... however the messages never arrive at the 9505. I have also tried send a SMS message to the 9505 via email (8816[number], but again they never arrive.

Before i ask iridium .. does anyone else have the same problem?

(PS: i am not on a satellite plan with telstra .. i'm simply using my normal telstra sim with international roaming enabled)
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 13:12

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 13:12

Don't have a 9505 but before your phone can receive SMS messages, I would assume you first need to set up a Mailbox.

I have just checked the Iridium Site for you and found the following Mailbox reference guide:-

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Reply By: davidta - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 15:11

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 15:11

This will only work if you have an international Iridium number. i.e uses the Iridium country code.

If you use a Telstra TMS SIM or normal GSM SIM it won't work.
If this is the case, try sending your normal number for the SIM in the 9505 from any GSM or CDMA or TMS phone an SMS as in the normal way.
Works for me.

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Follow Up By: GB83 - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 19:05

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 19:05

I have a 9505 and using it with my GSM sim card in it I sent a SMS test message from my CDMA phone toit.

Message arrived and was viewed as one would expect. It just goes to the message storage on the sim card. I could look at all stored SMS messages as well.

I think I just dialled the normal mobile number but cannot be sure of that.

I could re-establish the situation if necessary.

Have the sat phone for out of range situations. Got it cheap off a forum.

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Reply By: Dean (SA) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 13:24

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 13:24
Gday Drew,
Ive had my 9505A for only a week now so Im no expert.
I think to use this service you have to be connected with an iridium provider as they provide you with the service centre number, is good as it is free, I can also send emails from my phone.
I believe if you use telstra as your provider you can send/recieve sms phone direct, with the 9505A only.
I reckon your only way to send sms using a gsm sim is whats already been mentioned, phone direct.
Ive sent a phone direct sms from my gsm(not on int roaming) to my sat.
Im shortly going to have a play with my gsm card in the sat to see what can be done re sms's and various call costs.
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Reply By: GB83 - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 13:57

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 13:57

Mine is a Motorola 9500.

Otherwise post is the same.

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Follow Up By: GB83 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 16:54

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 16:54
I just tried it out again.

1) Using our my wifes GSM sim card in the sat phone. I sent a message to the normal OZ mobile phone number (no international codes etc etc) for my wifes mobile number from my CDMA phone. Worked no problems.

I cannot work out how to send an SMS from the sat phone to my CDMA phone. The Motorola 9500 does not seem to have this facility.

Maybe you need a full sat sim card to get this service??

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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 21:36

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005 at 21:36
Won't work with the Telstra number from Iridium's website or email, regardless of model.

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