Iridium Prepaid Sim or Next G?

I have a 9555 Iridium phone which is used infrequently.
I am about to do a trip into the Simpson & may need to use the phone for more than emergency purposes.
I would normally just use my next G card but I wonder if a prepaid card would be more economical & if so where can you suggest I get a good deal.
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 08:24

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 08:24
Ross,
get a casual $10 a month telstra sim and have them activate it for international roaming. when you have finished you trip just tell them you don't want it any more.

$10 a month is not bad. Only use it for emergencies or it will cost a fortune for calls.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 08:29

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 08:29
Gooday Ross : as you know 3g wont be any good in the sticks ....

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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 12:38

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 12:38
The simm card is just to authenticate it does not use the 3G network it uses satellite. The sat phone cannot access the 3G network
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Reply By: muffin man - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 08:52

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 08:52
Forget the prepaid and stick with your next g sim or do as suggested and buy a $10 sim, that's what we do but we keep it in the glovebox in a next g phone for when we are out of vodafone range.
We made several calls on our last trip using the next g sim and it worked out at 4 3.37 per minute.
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Follow Up By: whisky_mac - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 09:27

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 09:27
worked out at 4 3.37 per minute

I think you mean $3.37 per minute. $43.37 per minute sounds a bit dear.
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Follow Up By: muffin man - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 12:53

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 12:53
doh !
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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 11:46

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 11:46
G'day Ross, depending on when & how long you need it I could hire you my pivotel sim that is on a $35 a month plan, call me if you are interested, hoo roo

Features: $35 plan
•All Pivotel Satellite mobile phones numbers are configured with standard mobile numbers - (e.g. 04XX XXX XXX) and we fully support mobile number portability (MNP)
•Familiar dialling for outgoing calls within Australia*. You don't have to attach lengthy & expensive international codes before the number, simply dial the area code to connect.
•No charge to receive calls.
•Incoming calls are the same rate as calling a standard mobile phone. Charges applicable to the callers' service provider.

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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 13:36

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 13:36
this is an Iridium sim card
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 21:43

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 21:43
You probably have up to $10 worth of calls included in the monthly fee too aussiedingo - most plans do. Is there a minimum number to months with Pivotel? With TR Telecom the minimum is four months.

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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 22:11

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 22:11
G'day motherhen, my sat phone sim cards have been ongoing for years uninterupted, I don't know about other carriers terms, but yes my sim cards come with $10 free calls which is passed on to the hirer - good value! Telstra & Pivotel share the same iridium satellites, but you only pay one way with Pivotel!


Features: $35 plan
•All Pivotel Satellite mobile phones numbers are configured with standard mobile numbers - (e.g. 04XX XXX XXX) and we fully support mobile number portability (MNP)
•Familiar dialling for outgoing calls within Australia*. You don't have to attach lengthy & expensive international codes before the number, simply dial the area code to connect.
•No charge to receive calls.
•Incoming calls are the same rate as calling a standard mobile phone. Charges applicable to the callers' service provider.

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Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 19:33

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 19:33
Thanks all for your thoughts.
This is definitely a great forum with a load of helpful people.
I will try & reciprocate when questions are asked that I can help with
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