More than 80 percent of the planet has no cell phone coverage – including most of the sea and remote areas on land like national parks, mountain ranges, and deserts. Iridium provides coverage in these remote areas, and everywhere in between.
Iridium delivers the only truly global option for calling anywhere on the planet.
Sorry, but no coverage is offered for the moon…yet.
Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone
Iridium Connected® personal communication devices deliver peace of mind for you and your loved ones through reliable, two-way connectivity. Iridium and Iridium Connected satellite communicators are small, rugged, and portable, offering simple solutions to connectivity, weather tracking, safety alerting, and more, no matter where your adventure takes you.
Utilizing our reliable network, Iridium is the only satellite provider to keep users connected anywhere in the world. Tough and rugged, Iridium Extreme® is engineered to support high-usage customers in harsh conditions — everywhere.
Any call, anywhere.
Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone is the best handset produced for use with the Iridium Satellite network.
Now, before I go on gushing about how it has inbuilt GPS and can transmit your location from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world, or how you can make a call and send SMS in the backest of back country wilderness, let me remind that this is a satellite phone, so a few caveats apply:
- You must have a clear view of the sky and have line of sight to the satellite. The phone may work ok in thin cover or out from a window, but performance will be inconsistent.
- Iridium was designed in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Back then, a 28.8k modem was considered to be screaming fast. I am sure 2.4k data speeds from outer space sounded really cool back then, but today it is not really practical for anything other than short text messaging.
- The equipment is designed for people who need remote communications. Period. There is no camera, no music player, no app store, nothing you would expect from a modern smartphone.
That said, the Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone is easy to use.
Just power up, wait for a signal and make a call. From power on to calling takes about 30 seconds. SMS is a little more complex, but no more than on old style flip phones. Iridium’s SMS service is send and receive and the satellite network will queue incoming SMS until you are in range of a satellite. The voice quality is nothing to get excited about, but considering the fact that the signal is flying through space, the clipping/compression is tolerable. The 9575 has the best audio quality of any other previous Iridium equipment. And look at it this way, you can tell all your friends, “hey, I’m calling you from my satellite phone”. Sort of a way to relive the early days of cellular from the 80s.
Battery life is excellent.
The phone can standby for a couple of days and give hours of active use. Spare batteries are easy to come by. Try to do this with an iPhone.
As far as phone build quality, I could hammer nails with mine. I probably won’t considering what I paid for it, but if you need something that can just be tossed in a backpack or worn on a toolbelt, this is the product for you.
As far as dust/water protection goes, the phone is excellent. It is “jet water resistant”, so if you’d like to take it to the airport and hold it in front of a 747 exhaust during a hurricane, the phone will survive. Good to know. Seriously, the phone is protected against rain/spray ingress. It is not waterproof, so if it goes in the water it’s finished, but for virtually any condition imaginable, this phone will be fine.
If you need a phone that can make a call from just about anywhere, this is your answer. Of all the handheld satphones, Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone has the best balance of coverage, features, and ergonomics. You really feel like the phone is ready for anything.