Hire an Iridium Satellite Phone – Network & Products

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What to expect from an Iridium Satellite Phone/Wi-Fi device.

If you are looking to hire an Iridium Satellite Phone, we like the Iridium network predominantly for people who need to be contactable continuously for their telecommunications. As the Iridium devices have a compact magnetic external antenna it’s an affordable option when regular contact is required.  Due to its orbiting satellites, which do offer truly global coverage, we find that the Iridium network offers good voice quality and, particularly in hilly and forested terrain, connection dropouts are likely.   

The Go! Wi-Fi device has its applications – it’s handy for regular SMS communication and given the Wi-Fi connection it’s good in situations where a wireless connection is required – however, it’s not our recommendation for users that primarily want an emergency outbound phone – that’s where the 9555 is better placed. 


Satellite phone handsets are not as straightforward to use as normal mobile phones and knowing how to use them correctly will make a huge difference. Our commitment to you is, we will offer you up to $10 in free calls to practice before you leave.

Iridium Coverage Map

Iridium Satellite Network

When you make a call the device talks to a satellite 780km up in the sky that is travelling at 26,000km per hour. Your call is bounced between up to 4 satellites until it reaches Nevada (USA) where it is pushed down an optic fibre back into the local network.
This amazing technology allows you to make a phone call from anywhere in the world, except inside a building. So for obvious reasons, the handset needs a clear view of the sky.

Iridium 9555 Handset Satellite Phone 

Hire an 9555 Satphone
Iridium 9555

To rent the 9555 for one week $175, 10 days $235, 2 weeks $300 then the longer you go the cheaper it gets. .
* Our satellite phone hire prices include everything (except outgoing calls) you will not find any “plus freight” surprises or “sorry you were two days late” on the the return and charged more.
Service comes with an active SIM with an Australian mobile phone number, 12v, 240v & protective case. 
For more extended periods, please call as additional weekly rates get cheaper.
Price includes: hire, GST, delivery, return postage and $10 of free calls for pre-departure practice.

PROS –  very easy to operate, ability to operate whilst driving (given external antenna) and with orbiting satellites offers global coverage (for as long as the device can see the satellites). Call quality has now improved to Good.

CONS:  intermittent dropouts and battery life.

Iridium Go! Wi-Fi Hotspot Satellite Device

Hire an Iridium Go
Iridium Go!

To rent the Go! for one week hire $185, 10 days $240, 2 weeks $300.
Service comes with an active SIM with an Australian mobile number, 12v, 240v and a protective case.
For more extended periods, please call as additional weekly rates get cheaper.
Price includes: hire, GST, delivery, return postage and $10 of free calls for pre-departure practice.

The Iridium Go! is not recommended for users who primarily need an emergency satellite phone. It’s great for users with a need for regular communications, particularly via SMS as you use your iOS/Android smartphone/tablet QWERTY keyboard. It does offer low bandwidth data (2.4kps) email and web functionality.
PROS:  Robust design, Wi-Fi connectivity provides freedom to move around, excellent email facility, and multi-user functionality. The call quality is Good.
CONS:  Challenging to make calls in emergency situations. Has poor battery life (best connected to a power source), and its internet abilities are over-rated.

The Iridium Go! creates a Wi-Fi hotspot. You will need to pre-download the Iridium Go! app to your iOS/Android smartphone/tablet before you leave GSM coverage, then connect to the Iridium GO via Wi-Fi. You put the Iridium Go! outside so it can connect to the Iridium network. You can sit or work in a location within the 30m range of the Wi-Fi feed using your device. You can now make satellite-connected calls and you will have the joy of sending SMS via your touch screen using the contacts list within your smartphone.

Need Satellite Data…?

If data is what you need, call us for a chat. It is slow and expensive with the iridium GO, but there are workarounds. There are a number of options that might work well, many people have asked the same question that you are thinking right now, and we have all the answers for you.
Since we are talking Data – Ask us about Starlink, we run our business using Starlink.

Call Costs

There are no charges to receive a call or text message. If you are travelling within Australia/NZ, people can call you at the standard Australian GSM mobile call rates.

Outgoing calls are $0.60 per 30 seconds, plus a $0.40 flag-fall when you are in Australia/NZ calling an Australian landline or mobile. Calls to most international numbers are about twice as expensive.

SMS/email to any standard mobile on the planet for $0.50. You can also send an SMS to an email address (ask us how). Calls to other satellite phones/networks are expensive and can vary significantly.

Satellite phone handsets are not as straightforward to use as normal mobile phones. Knowing how to use them correctly will make a huge difference. Our commitment to you, we will offer you up to $10 in free calls/SMS to practice before you leave.

How to hire an Iridium Satellite Phone from EPIRBhire

Please feel free to call 0415 263 750 or email – we’re here to help. 
EPIRBhire operates 24/7 for critical support. We extend this service to clients who prefer to chat after hours – just not too late.
We can normally deliver Australia-wide within 24/48 hours although we prefer not to rush things. Hire periods are considered from the last post day we can get it to you until the day we get it back.

Iridium Network Hire Terms & Conditions 

Would you like to buy an Iridium device?

EPIRBhire can supply the handset for hire or test before you buy. Please call us for more information and to discuss the options.

Manufacturers Website

Iridium product – www.iridium.com