iridiumIridium GO satellite wifi
The Iridium GO satellite wifi device is an appealing alternative to a satellite phone. It’s a compact device that functions in much the same way as a MiFi hub for terrestrial mobile data, but with the addition of a facility for voice calls, SMS text messaging and an SOS facility.
The unit is easy to set up and activated simply by rotating the antenna 90 degrees into the upright position. Communication with tablets or smartphones is via wifi. I found the unit produced a consistently strong signal. The interface is then via two free apps that need to be downloaded in advance – Iridium GO! for voice and SMS text messaging, and Iridium Mail for email and web browsing.
I used the Iridium GO! With my iPhone6, which functioned flawlessly. As default the system is set such that only emails of less than 50kb are downloaded, along with the headers of larger ones, which allowed me to select which (if any) of the bigger ones I needed to download.
There is also an SOS button on the unit that will send your position, plus an emergency message, to a user-defined group of contacts. In addition there’s a tracking function that automatically sends regular position updates to anyone you chose. Finally, there’s a growing list of third party apps designed to integrate with the system, such as Predict Wind Offshore.
All in all a fantastic devise that will accompany me on all trips and future expeditions. Again thanks to the crew at the Satphone Shop for providing the units and air time.