Iridium GO

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The Iridium GO is a Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot, which brings satellite voice calling, emailing, and text messaging capabilities to any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.

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Iridium GO

Iridium GO Satellite WiFi HotSpot

Iridium GO is a narrowband satellite Wi-Fi hotspot. Up to a handful of smartphones or tablets can connect to it at once to make calls and send text messages via satellite, by means of the Iridium GO apps that are available as a free download in the Apple & Android stores. The truly global coverage of the Iridium network means the Iridium GO works anywhere on earth, while the Wi-Fi hotspot it creates has a 100 foot range.

Being a narrowband device means the internet connection on the GO is rather cumbersome. At 2.4kbps (before compression with Iridium GO’s email and internet app) the Iridium GO satellite internet connection is sufficient for text emails, small attachments, social network updates – and very limited browsing of websites that are optimised for low-bandwidth devices – however bandwidth hungry 3rd party internet apps such as Skype and YouTube definitely won’t work.

Iridium GO is only slightly larger than a box of cigarettes, and so carrying it around is extremely practical. Iridium GO is very easy to use: the user simply lift the antenna into the up-right position which powers up the Iridium GO. When powered up the Iridium GO automatically connects to the Iridium satellite network, after which it starts broadcasting that connection over its Wi-Fi interface.

Iridium GO has an ingress protection rating of IP65, which means it is very well protected against water and dust – even in demanding environments. For safety conscious users Iridium GO comes with an in-built SOS button which sends out a distress call together with the user’s location to a pre-programmed emergency centre.

***Note for maritime users: Iridium GO can now be fully and easily integrated with the brilliant QTVLM grib file viewer and navigation app for Sailing Boats. Note that you require the full version off the QTVLM app, which can be purchased from within the free version of the QTVLM app, in order for QTVLM to be able to communicate with Iridium GO. Just search for QTVLM in the app store on your mobile devices.

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  1. GO with a mast mounted antenna.

    Peter Owens

    Bought one of these as the iSatHUb does not work at sea. I knew Iridium GO! is MUCH slower than the iSatHub but for a skipper out at sea with limited data usage that wasn’t much of a concern for me. We installed the GO with a mast mounted antenna above deck and the Iridium GO below deck. This cost us far less than an Iridium phone with docking station would have cost, and we can all use the GO wirelessly from our mobile phones. The Iridium apps for sending texts and makign voice calls are quite nice too.

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  2. all works although it is quite slow

    Charles Brookson

    Always wonder about the risks as an early adopter!: Got one of these and have used the Android applications, registered for a @myiridium.net Email address and followed the instructions to download the Go! Application, Email and Web and XWeb (Firefox). Found when I changed the password on Email it did not change for receive, so I had to erase and reload Email. You can arrange for it to collect Email from other accounts, or just forward to your address.

    Now all is working well. I can send SMS, GPS positions, Email, Facebook (with pictures), Twitter and get weather reports. A few rough edges but it all works …… although it is quite slow – which is my only gripe with it at present. However I’ve heard Iridium may give the GO a bandwidth upgrade on its new network launching in 2016.

    The ordering process and support was very good from Ashbury Satcomm.

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Iridium GO Key-Features

  • Keeps smartphones and tablets connected way beyond the limits of GSM networks
  • Works by means of providing a mini satellite Wi-Fi hotspot for smartphones and tablets
  • Global coverage of the Iridium network means Iridium GO -and connected devices- works worldwide
  • Satellite connection supports voice calling, email, SMS, GPS, and SOS
  • Requires very simple installation of Iridium GO app on smartphone/tablet
  • All Apple and Android devices are supported
  • Size of the Iridium GO is 4.5″x 3.25″ x 1.25″
  • Weight of the Iridium GO is 295 grams
  • Extremely durable IP65 and Military Spec 810F

Iridium GO Coverage Map

Iridium Satellite Phone Network Coverage

Iridium is the only satellite network offering truly global coverage including all landmasses, oceans and airways.

Iridium GO Airtime Options

Should you prefer prepaid you will see we sell discounted prepaid airtime vouchers with the Iridium GO in our shop. For more details on our Iridium GO prepaid services and call rates, see the Iridium GO prepaid vouchers further below.

We also offer easy online pay-monthly subscriptions for Iridium GO should you prefer pay-monthly, however please note that hardware and subscriptions cannot be purchased together – you must buy them in separate transactions.

Iridium GO Box-Contents

  • Iridium GO
  • Iridium GO SIM Card
  • Mains Charger + Plug Kit
  • Vehicle Charger
  • Built-in Battery
  • CD, Manual, USB Cable

Iridium GO Applications

Recommended for:

  • All smartphone users that travel beyond the limits of GSM networks, or who operate where GSM networks are unreliable.
  • Comes with the free Iridium ‘Mail and Web’ App which provides a highly optimised experience for sending emails.

Usage Observations:

  • Works anywhere on land, sea, and air so long as the antenna can see the Iridium satellites. Particularly suitable for aircraft and boats.

Not recommended for:

  • General internet browsing since Iridium GO is not a broadband product – internet speeds are currently max 24kbps.

Iridium GO Video

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