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The $15/mth plan through Pivotel as mentioned in several posts in this thread works fine and is a good reason to consider Thuraya over Iridium.
Fair point, but not much good when you already have an Iridium phone.
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The biggest issue with sat-phones is the cost of the service. You can use a Telstra pre-paid sim and if you swap the one out of your normal phone that is a cheap way to go for the occasional trip.

Telstra used to have a $10 pre paid plan that was ideal for Iridium sat-phone use. Unfortunately they dropped that and the cheapest became $30. That has now also been dropped and the cheapest plan you can get is $50. That makes it a bit expensive to keep a sim in the sat-phone for semi regular use.

Any one know of any other plans that definitely work?
Mine was $10, then 20, then 25 and now 40 with a 12 month credit of $10=30pm.
I now get unlimited calls, 2gb and still free sms in the satphone.
It's called extra small plan or something like that.
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We've had an Iridium for about 20 years now. The Iridium coverage is best globally. Had it serviced prior to our big Australia trip and it's fine.



The cost of calls is high, however we consider it an emergency device, and hardly every use it. When we have used it, it's been for good reason (the last time we found lion tracks around the car in the morning - walking out would not have been a good deal (other than for the lions...).
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Are you guys saying that you put your standard mobile phone sim into the sat phone? If so I'm assuming it depends on who your service is through-can't just throw your povo aldi sim in or similar?
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Are you guys saying that you put your standard mobile phone sim into the sat phone? If so I'm assuming it depends on who your service is through-can't just throw your povo aldi sim in or similar?
That's correct. A post paid Telstra SIM works in an iridium satphone on the iridium network.
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Interesting, cheers
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hi have a look here might help

https://www.clientsat.com.au/sat-phones-post-paid/


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Thanks everyone who posted.
My quick summary is that each of the satellites seem to work equally, pricing is all over the place, handsets are still expensive.
More work needed!
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You do need to think about how you might use a sat phone, as this will also influence which is the best providor, for you. For example, if you just want the cheapest insurance to be able to respond in an emergency, then hiring a sat phone for each trip will probably be your best option. Lots of sat phones can be hired for $10/day. If doing many trips, then ownership becomes a better option, with a low cost plan, look at Thuraya.

Are you aware that Pivotel have plans that allow calls TO a sat phone at normal mobile phone charges which can be free on many mobile phone plans. Call charges FROM the sat phone are high. If you want to use your Sat phone for more than emergencies, you just need to get friends and family to call you, and you can have unlimited chats in the middle of nowhere, for free. I know its not not technically free as these plans cost around $50/month, but at least you do not need to keep track of call costs, and you can budget for the monthly fee. The Pivotel website is worth a good look around (I have no connection to Pivotel, but am considering purchasing a sat phone myself). The Inmarsat network, with its geostationary satellite works well for those that want a long chat, as once a connection is made, it should be stable, unlike the low earth orbit satellites that will come and go over you, often with a break in service.
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Brownie, you need to read some previous posts. We've mentioned the free call aspect when people call in and Pivotel plans are available for $15/month, not $50.
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