Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Plymouth, Devon

    Default Sat Phone Usage Costs

    We have the opportunity to purchase an Iridium 9555 secondhand but unused at an attractive price.

    Can anyone tell me how much we might pay for say 30 minutes of phone calls, 20 texts, 20 daily grib downloads and 20 daily half page blog uploads? I can't seem to find this type of information anywhere in a format that makes any sense.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    2018/19 Floating west in the Pacific

    Default Re: Sat Phone Usage Costs

    In some respects respects the cost of the calls etc. is the smaller part of the equation. The calls/text 'usage' you've listed might well cost about £50-60, the grib downloads another £120 and the blog updates (No Photos) another £40.
    But in addition you'll need to pay for line rental @ about £45/month and to get the gribs/blog through, some sort of 'compression package at about £100/year.

    We've a 9555 and operate it through Mailasail - costs here:

    When doing you calculations, allow somewhere between fifteen (if you're lucky) and 45 minutes for setting up the system in the first place. To get the 9555 to 'talk' to the computer you'll be pushed into also buying a 'red box to make it compatible with modern (Windows10) computers, this is NOT vital. Ours works happily enough without it on a computer loaded with Windows-7 and we've a couple of friends who're using them to talk to Windows-10 computers sans box too; I've no idea how, but I do know a man who does and reckons it's a 30-minute job. If you're not computer savvy, then get someone who is to do the set-up, if they know sat-phones too, that' an advantage.
    Hit the road often enough and eventually it will hit you back.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2018

    Default Re: Sat Phone Usage Costs

    Daily ( unlikely ) weekly , monthly , annual ? I wish people could be more precise

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016

    Default Re: Sat Phone Usage Costs

    We went the other route and have an Iridium go! that allows you to tether a phone to it to make voice calls and also download emails, gribs, predict wind etc . it also does tracking too.

    We paid 150 euro a month when we used it for the trip to the Canaries and that gave us unlimited data and more than enough voice calls so at least we could plan.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Latest YBW News

Find Boats For Sale