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Equipment Recommendations/Specifications

1. How big are Iridium satellite phones/pagers?

Iridium 9505A satellite phone: 6.25" H x 2.5" W x 2.25" D (with antenna folded down). The Iridium 9505A antenna is 6.25" H.

Iridium 9500 satellite phone: 7.5" H x 2.5" W x 2.75" D (with antenna folded down). The Iridium 9500 antenna is 7.5" H.

Iridium Satellite pager: 3" H x 2.85" W x 0.9" D

2. How much do Iridium satellite phones/pagers weigh?

Iridium 9505A satellite phone: 10.8 ounces (375 grams)

Iridium 9500 satellite phone: 14.4 ounces (454 grams)

Iridium Satellite Pager: 4.2 ounces (119 grams)

3. Which satellite rental phone kit is right for me?

Iridium 9505A satellite phone: Recommended for heavy use, business calls. Optimal voice quality, signal strength, and size

Iridium 9500 satellite phone: Recommended for light use, emergency only. Great as backup to other forms of communication or as option for people contact you in case of emergency

4. Should I rent a satellite phone or buy a satellite phone?

Iridium 9505A satellite phone: If you plan to rent the phone for more than 5 months and intend to use airtime, FSC suggests you consider purchasing rather than renting, as rental fees will sum close to the purchase of a new satellite phone.

5. What is the battery life for an Iridium satellite phone/pager?

Satellite Phone:
The average talk time is about 3 hours while the phone can be on standby for almost 30 hours.

Satellite Pager:
The satellite pager uses one AA battery and should last for up to one month.

6. Does temperature affect the life of a battery?

Yes, exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold will shorten the life of a lithium-ion battery.

7. Does weather affect my ability to use a satellite rental phone/pager?

No, the weather will not interfere with a call to the satellite system. However, the weather can affect the transmission from the satellite to the ground station.

8. Are Iridium satellite phones water-resistant?

No. Iridium Satellite phones should be kept out of the rain and not exposed to or submerged in water. Waterproof bags are available for the 9505A rental phone.

9. Who manufactures Iridium satellite phones/pagers?

Iridium is responsible for all current manufacturing of Iridium handheld satellite phones via Celestica.

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