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What's Included With This Rental?
What's The Difference Between The Phone Models?
There are four Iridium Satellite Phone Rental Models. All the Iridium models have the same level of performance. The main differences between the various models are their age and size. The Iridium 9505A is one of the older and larger of the Iridium phones. If you are planning to carry this phone in a backpack, this may not be the best choice. Take a look at the smaller and lighter Iridium 9555 or 9575.
What About Airtime?
The Iridium 9505A satellite phone rental does not require a minimum airtime block purchase. If you don't use any airtime, there are no extra charges. Any airtime used will be billed after the phone is returned at the standard rate of $1.75/ minute. You may also choose to purchase blocks of airtime at a cheaper rate.
Outgoing text messages are billed at 75 cents each.
How Do I Make Calls To The Satellite Phone?
There are two ways to make a call to an Iridium Satellite Phone. The first way is to call the phone directly. The satellite phone number is an international number. The dialing method is therefore 011-8816-xxxx-xxxx. This is a free call to the satellite phone. However, the caller will be billed by their long distance service provider at a rate that is $5 to $7/minute. To avoid this expensive charge, Iridium provides a number in Arizona that you can call. This number will answer and ask the caller to enter the satellite phone number. The call will then be patched through to the satellite phone. This is called two-stage dialing. Two-stage calls are billed to the satellite phone at $1.99/minute.