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Iridium 9505A end of life

Iridium  announced earlier this month that the 9505A handset has reached its end of life and will no longer be built.  This news has prompted people to either buy up all the handsets they can or change their purchase plans and move up to the new 9555 model.  There are couple of interesting points about the 9505A handset:
Iridium is still building the US-made for US Government use.  There is currently no US-built 9555
This means accessories such as spare batteries, spare chargers, phone cases, etc will still be available.

For people going into a panic; relax.  There is nothing ‘wrong’ with the 9505A handset; it is a very reliable, rugged phone that provides excellent service around the world (literally EVERYWHERE around the world).  You can buy the 9505A now and still have confidence that Iridium is supporting all the handsets out there – they all come with the 1 year warranty.

Just keep in mind that the end of life is a natural progression of the product cycle.  The 9555 is a very nice phone, 30% smaller, lighter, with more battery power and a color screen.

Iridium Monthly Rate Increase

For only the second time in almost eight years, Iridium has raised thier monthly subscription rate.  This is an important development for them because:

It demonstrates their dominance in the handheld satellite market
The rate is a small amount – just a few dollars per month per subscriber
But that small amount translates into almost $20,000,000.00 per year more revenue for Iridium

The rate increase should not be seen as a burden as much as just a cost of doing business.  Iridium provides a critical solution for people who have no other (low-cost) options.  Think about those who are in remote locations, those who come to our aid in times of disaster, those who are around the world in some very nasty places fighting so that we can remian here at home comfortable and free.

This rate increase is a small price to pay for such a great technology.  We look forward to Iridium’s NEXT constellation and all the functionality to be delivered. 

Iridium Planning for NEXT

The April 13 issue of Forbes features an article on Dan Colussy’s fight to bring back from bankruptcy almost 10 years ago.  The article calls the original Iridium concept “daft”, but it does pay homage to the overall validity of the Iridium concept.  

Some of the interesting points of the article:

Vice-President Al Gore made the ceremonial first call in 1999

·  Nine months later Iridium filed for bankruptcy

·   The DOD agreed to pay $36 Million/year for five years for unlimited airtime on 20,000 phones

·   CEO Matt Desch joined Iridium in 2006 and has lead the development and financing of the NEXT constellation

This is a great story, AND the future looks pretty exciting:
GHL Acquisition Corp (GHQ), run by investment bank Greenhill & Co. (GHL) has agreed to take Iridium public, closing this year. (Note: GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman owns GHQ)

·   Data users now produce almost as much revenue as voice callers and will soon produce more.

When launched in 2014, the new constellation will have the power to connect any spot on Earth at high speeds.  Iridium’s data connections can run at 128,000 bps, Iridium NEXT will run data at 10 mbs, or 78 times as fast.

·   plans to raise money by selling space on its satellites for modern imaging equipment, from scientific gear for measuring atmospheric chemistry and climate change to cameras that could help Google refresh its maps every few seconds

Please feel free to call us at 800-826-6152 to discuss any of Iridium’s products and services.  For the complete article, please visit



Iridium has reactivated their Globalstar buy-back program!  This program was very popular when it was first implemented last year, enabling hundreds of organizations to save tens of thousands of dollars while acquiring Iridium phones at a terrific price.  Satellite phones are much-needed for emergency response and business continuity situations.  Response to Hurricane Ike is just one example of where satellite phones were used to serve the public in response and rescue.

 GlobaFone clients have saved over $44,000 with the rebate program!

Here’s how the rebate program works:

Buy a brand new Iridium 9505A phone from GlobaFone
Sign up for the North American Rate plan –
Turn in any qualifying Globalstar phone – see models below
Receive a rebate of up to $350 for each phone you buy

In the current budgetary climate, this rebate plan gives you a great way to purchase Iridium phones and utilize the reliability of their satellite network for your critical communications.   When lives are potentially on the line, your phones have to work.  

So be sure to place your order early so you can get your Iridium phones promptly and be prepared for power outages, blizzards, floods, fierce storms, emergencies and the 2009 hurricane season that is just around the corner.

North American rate plan details:

$40/month, includes 10 free minutes of airtime per month, non-pooled, non-rollover
The plan is a 2 year agreement with a $750 early termination fee
Calls made/received outside of North America will cost $2.49/minute

Globalstar phone must be returned to GlobaFone within 10 days of your Iridium activation

Rebate paid at the end of the calendar quarter

The following phones qualify for the rebate:

        * Qualcomm GSP-1600 * Qualcomm GSP-1700  * Qualcomm GSP-550  * Ericsson R-290  * Telit SAT-550

        * Telit SAT-600  * GSP-2900 Fixed Unit  * GSP-2800M Marine Fixed  * GSMP 2100/2101
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* FAU 200

 So take advantage of this great opportunity—buy an Iridium phone and activate service on the North American plan, send in your Globalstar phone and get up to $350 back!  This is a great way to save money buying a communications device you know you need to save lives and protect your business assets.

9505A supplies shrinking

Is the last major Service Provider with phones in stock

Announced the 9505A end of life at the beginning of May.   GlobaFone CEO Lou Altman saw an opportunity to continue the tradition of providing the best service in the industry so he bought all the remaining phones he could find.  This means that GlobaFone is the only major Service Provider with complete 9505A kits in stock, ready to ship.                               

So what does that mean for you?

If you have a requirement for the , or want to save $200 on an Iridium phone (vs. the 9555), buy a 9505A from GlobaFone.   The 9505A is a great phone and it is covered by Iridium’s one-year warranty.

April 2008 – Test Your Satellite Phone Week

Globafone Joins Industry in Encouraging to Prepare for before They Strike

Globafone is a primary Satcom supplier to First and , so we support in promoting the second annual “Test Your Satellite Phone” Week, which kicks off on May 25, 2008.  

Typically hurricane season, which starts June 1, heightens demand for preparedness vigilance, primarily across the southern and eastern US coastlines.  Satcom has repeatedly been demonstrated as the most reliable source of during and after a disaster because there is minimal reliance on terrestrial systems which are usually destroyed or compromised.    

The goal of “Test Your ” Week is to increase user knowledge and help users confirm that the critical communication services are working properly BEFORE they’re needed in an emergency.  Unfortunately, emergency workers frequently turn to their following a disaster only to  discover they don’t know how to use them, or the batteries are not charged so the phone is not ready for use.  As with other activities, monthly testing is highly recommended by the industry.

At Globafone we advocate testing and training on your every month to ensure everyone knows how to use the phones should the need arise. The number one issue after was that people didn’t know how to use their .
So be sure to participate in ’Test Your Week’ so you know how to use one of your most important emergency tools.

June 2008 – Iridium Satellite Phone rebate offer extended!

Our January 2008 Newsletter featured the Iridium rebate plan.

Iridium created the rebate plan as an incentive for you to replace your Globalstar phones with brand new Iridium phones and a new subscription.   As an Iridium reseller, GlobaFone can help you navigate this program because there are a few caveats you need to be aware of.   Here’s how the rebate program works:

Buy an Iridium phone and activate it on the North American rate plan for just $40/month which includes 10 minutes of airtime per month.  This is great for monthly testing procedures.
The included 10 minutes are good in the North American footprint and additional minutes cost just $1.49/minute.
Airtime outside of the North American footprint, costs $2.49/minute.
This two-year contract has a $750 early termination fee .
We need to receive your Globalstar phone within 10 days of activating your Iridium phones.  The rebate is a one-to-one basis—one $400 rebate for each Globalstar phone which is activated for one new Iridium.
The rebate credit or check will be issued at the end of the calendar quarter.
There is a limited supply of phones eligible for the rebate—first come, first-served.

Numerous Globalstar phone models qualify for this rebate so e-mail us for a list.  This is a great program and you will save (tens of?) thousands of dollars on the Iridium phones you are looking at right now or will be looking at in the near future.  Take advantage of the rebate program now! We are here at your service so please call us at the GlobaFone office if you have any questions. 800-826-6152.

February 2008 – Are you ready for Hurricane Season?

Have you or your people ever had to provide support during and after a hurricane but didn’t have the satellite communications you needed?

If you answer yes, then you know, first-hand the frustration of not being able to perform your critical tasks and job responsibilities. Let’s face it: are serious business. They bring dangerous winds, torrential rain, destructive tides and the resulting flooding. The most recently memorable hurricane is of course and while enormous category 5 storms like Katrina are not the norm, hurricanes are part of life in the coastal United States. Hurricanes happen; maybe not this year, but they happen.

Every year the Colorado State University researcher team Philip J, Klotzbach and William M. Gray issue their coming season prediction. This year they are calling for an above-average season with 13 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 intense hurricanes. Even thought there is still snow and ice on the ground, now is the time to prepare for the coming season. Click here for their full report:

The complex destructive nature of hurricanes means there are numerous ways that your normal communications will be disrupted: wind will take down cell and radio towers. Rain and flooding can wipe out landlines, switching stations and cell and radio base stations. Your entire communications could be destroyed or rendered useless. Look at history and realize that are the only truly reliable solution when all else fails. Now is the time to develop your program. Ask us how!