Motorolla 9555 on telstra next g ???

Submitted: Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:00
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Hi guys wondering if anyone is using the new 9555 iridium phone with the normal telstra mobile plan. I am looking at getting the gov. sub and wanted to check it would work without having to get another sat phone plan.

I know the call rates are higher when putting the nextg (normal phone) sim card in.

thanks Troy
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:22

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:22
Unless it's different to previous Motorola Satphones, the 9555 does Iridium Satellite phone only - NO Mobile phone network calls.

Because Telstra has a Billing arrangement with Iridium, Telstra Mobile Phone SIM cards are recognised for Satellite phone calls made from 9500/9505/9555 Satphones.

The Telstra SIM card must -
- be post-billed, not prepaid
- be enabled for International Roaming
- not have premium calls disabled.

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Reply By: Luke2 - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:29

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:29
Mike DID - has something changed? I have a motorolla 9505A (without a plan) and it works fine with my Telstra Next G sim card. Haven't used it for a few weeks though. As Troy said it costs a bit more for calls but that's find when only used once in a blue moon.
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Follow Up By: Luke2 - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:35

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:35
sorry - just re-read both earlier posts - I think Mike DID answered a different question to what Troy was asking?
I thought Troy was asking if a Telstra NextG SIM card works okay in the new motorolla handset for SATELLITE calls like the old handsets did? But I think Mike DID replied saying it won't make MOBILE NETWORK calls??
Troy - in answer I only have the old handset so I don't know about the new 9555. Mike DID - yes I realise that a motorolla sat-phone handset can't be used to make calls on the mobile network.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:56

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:56
Cant answer the question re the actual model.

I have a 9505A which workerd with my sim which was out of contract.

It was NOT a prepaid.

AS far I i can make out logically no Iridium phone will make cell calls.
They are satellite only

Also if you get the subsidy you may have to go on a plan

Read the fine print.

A Thuraya phone is dual mode that is they can make both cellcalls and satellite calls
It has only one stationary satellite to connect to whereas the 9555 network consists of 66 satellites circling the globe

Overlander magazine had an extensive test in their MArch 2009 edition and the

conclusion was that while the Thuraya had more features it took longer to

connect and voice quality wasnt as good.

They said they could get the 9555 connected and talking before the Thuraya found a satellite

If you only want it for occasional calls a 9505A is virtually the same and has the

same features and can be bought on Ebay for $900 approx as was mine.


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Reply By:- Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:52

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:52
Thanks for the help guys, sorry mike DID a bit confusing but all good points.

Yes Luke2 i was refering to what you said, I just wanted to see if it still worked like the old one.

Graham i have been looking at ebay and their have not been to many 9595A for a while, but with the rebate the new phone comes to about $1000.00 to $1200. so i was looking at going down that route if i cant find a second hand one, and yes have to be careful as some retailers are happy to sell the handset only and some will only do it if it goes on a plan.

I just wanted to check that in an emergency i could put my sim card from the telstra phone in the 9555 and make the emergency call. If i have to use it i dont care what it cost if it gets me out of a bad situation.

cheers guys
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 22:15

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 22:15
A retailer in Broome told me they are $2495 for the handset and about $2900

for the whole kit.

The Overlander prices the kit which includes car cradle and ext aerial at $2940.

Obviously you are living outside normal cellphone coverage as to get the

subsidy you must be outside other phone coverage at least 120 days a year

for two years or more

We tried to get it for our trip around the block and got turned down because

even small communities in the north and west seem to have a tower now days.
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