Iridium / Motorola 9505 verses 9505A satphone.

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:49
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I have an opportunity to buy a good condition Motorola 9505 for about $500.00 inc the data pack and external antenna.

I note that the 9505A has been out for 3 - 4 years and was brought out because of parts availability. Iridium say that there are enough spares for years.

Given that I would be happy to take the risk on the spares, does anyone know any other pitfalls of the 9505? Eg will it work with the Telstra SIM's?

Thanks in Advance.
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Reply By: Haza - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 23:49

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 23:49
I had a 9505 and it never missed a beat, feels like a brick and is build like one too, Just make sure the battery is in good order as these phone are getting old. They should come with a car charger and if only going to be used in a emergency shouldn't be a big problem even if you get a couple of hours out of the battery, but different story if your going hiking. Works fine on telstra sim as long as internationial roaming is active. The 9505 can't send a text messege unlike the 9505A but you can recieve them. You'll need a sim card adaptor same as the old type sims cards (credit card size) you can find them online for a $5-10, or if you have one from a sim a couple a years ago just stick it in with some tape. We still use one a work being abused and still works good. You should check the time it has had on calls as I believe they can wear out if used excessively, this can be checked in the menu ie total call time not sure how many is to many but mine didn't more then 15hrs. If I had my time again I probably wouldn't have brought it due to the fact that in most tourist places someone will come by in 1/2hr. Cape York, Outback NSW, NT and Gibb river road. Though is was good to have peace of mind.
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 05:14

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 05:14
Great info, Thanks Haza.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 09:14

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 09:14
AS far as I am aware its the 9500 that uses the credit card sized sim.


The 9505 and the A are identical exept for a feature which i cant rmember that was added for the US military.





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Follow Up By: Member - Zig (WA) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 13:09

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 13:09
The 9505 and 9505A both use the "small" SIM. The 9500 the big.
The 9505 and 9505A might look identical but they are not. The use different batteries and chargers. They handle SMS different. The circuit bords inside are different (not the same spare parts).
Both are excellent phones.
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Follow Up By: Haza - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 15:40

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 15:40
Oops my mistake I had the 9500 most of the advice is still relevant bar the sim card and its the 9500 that can't send text,
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Reply By: Member - Adam S (SA) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 17:58

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 17:58
G'day Boobook2, I use the 9505 with NextG Sim card.
As others have said it is a good phone, and that is a good price.
I would jump at it, you will always get your money back if you decide to sell it.

Adam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Adam S (SA) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:03

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:03
I forgot to add if you wish to see the see the differences between the 9505 and 9505A see this link.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 21:17

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 21:17
Fair enough I didnt exactly say what I meant as I knew the batteries etc were different.
I meant the features were the same but as I said was under the impression that the A did something else as requested by the military. Wish I could find where I read it or it may be an urban legend



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Reply By: Boobook2 - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:08

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:08
Thanks all,

I ended up getting it. $520 inc data pack.

It looks brand new and has 2 hours on the used time. I know it works just about everywhere as the guy had a photos of him on the phone in Antartica and Mt Everest. It is in the box and looks brand new.

Thanks all for your help.

He also has a Theura (?) for sale for $580, Also in very good nick.



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Follow Up By: Member - Adam S (SA) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:22

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:22
Mate you got a bargain, just don't talk to long.

Swapping to my NextG card, my lastest Satellite calls were charged at 3.10 per min.
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:33

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 18:33
Adam or anyone,

When you use the Telstra SIM, and you are somewhere in Australia, do you always have to call internationally for local numbers, ie +61 3 9xxxxxxx for melbourne.

And what is the deal with say emergency numbers, how would you call 000 for example?

Or does it somehow know were you are and let you call locally like when how when roamimg internationally you can make local calls.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 01, 2009 at 21:13

Friday, May 01, 2009 at 21:13
If you are using a TELSTRA sim it works the same as it would in a cell phone .

You enter exactly the same EG 07 ????????

As with cell phones the 000 operator cannot tell where you are so you have to tell them.

After the articles in the newspapers this week better be sure they actually understand where you are.

LIke IM IN THE SIMPSON DESERT. NOT Fing Simpson St.

Having worked as a 111 operator in NZ I know you have to be specific and so does the operator.

Much more so than the publicised ones were anyhow.
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