Iridium Satellite Phone Rental | Satellite Phones Direct
Iridium Satellite Phone Rental | Satellite Phones Direct

Iridium Rentals

If you are trying to find the right satellite phone to rent for an upcoming trip or vacation, an Iridium satellite phone will provide the most coverage of any satellite phone on the market today. Iridium satellite phones provide worldwide coverage as long as you have a clear unobstructed view of the sky. We will help guide you through the rental process and provide you with the best customer service.

There are two Iridium models to choose from and below are the differences between each model. The Iridium 9555 is the newer, smaller model, but both phones provide the same level of service.

Below are more details about the different airtime options and accessories available with your rental.

Reserve a phone today using our secure online Iridium Satellite Phone Rental Order Form, which also allows you to obtain a quote without entering any personal information and without having to create a login/account.

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Iridium Satellite Phone Rental Rates
Product Monthly Weekly Daily 9555 9505A

Iridium 9555 Satellite
Phone Rental

Size: 5.6" x 2.2" x 1.2"
Weight: 9.4 Oz
Tech Specs
$179 $59 $10 Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone Iridium 9505A Satellite Phone

Iridium 9505A Satellite
Phone Rental

Size: 6.5" x 2.5" x 1.5"
Weight: 11 Oz
Tech Spec
$149 $39 $8

Iridium Satellite Phone Rental Accessories Included FREE

  • Voicemail Box
  • AC Wall Charger
  • 2 Rechargeable Batteries
  • Leather Holster
  • User Manual
  • Deluxe Padded Carrying Case
  • Simple, Detailed Dialing Instructions
  • International Plug Kit (Optional)

Iridium Satellite Phone Rental Additional Flat Rate Accessories Available:

  • $10 - Additional Battery (2 are already included with each rental)
  • $15 - Auxiliary Antenna with Antenna Adapter
  • $10 - 12 Volt DC Car Charger
  • $25 - Solar Panel Charger (Car Charger Required to Connect to Phone)
  • $10 - Watertight 1200 Series Pelican Case
  • $30 - One Time Rental Insurance Fee with a $100 Deductible - Covers Damage ONLY - Does NOT Cover Loss or Theft

Iridium Satellite Phone Rental Airtime Rates
We offer a pay as you go airtime plan and several bundled minute plans. With the pay as you go plan, usage is billed at a $1.75/minute, with no minimum usage requirement. The bundled plan options below offer discounted airtime rates for higher usage levels. SMS/Text Messages are not included in the bundles and will be billed separately. When you place your order, select the plan that is best for your projected usage. Airtime will be billed in 1 minute increments.

Iridium Satellite Phone Rental - Pay as you go

Service Cost
Outgoing Calls - Worldwide $1.75/min
Incoming Call from 2-Stage Dialing* $1.75/min
Incoming call placed directly to the Iridium international phone number** Free
Incoming SMS/Text Messages Free
Outgoing SMS/Text Messages $0.75
Checking Voicemail $1.75/min
Calls to other satellite systems (Inmarsat, Globalstar,Thuraya) $11.00/min

*2-Stage Dialing is the best option for incoming calls. This is where the caller will dial a US phone number based in Arizona, and at the prompt, enter the 12 digit Iridium Satellite phone number. There will be a long silence while the call is being forwarded. If the phone is off, or does not have reception, it will go to voicemail. The next time you turn the phone on and register with the satellite, it will alert you that you have a voicemail.

**The first four digits of your phone number, 8816, is an international country assigned to satellite phones. A caller may place an international call to country 8816 followed by your eight digit phone number. However, many long distance carriers charge a very high per minute rate for calls to country code 8816, so check with your long distance carrier before giving out this phone number. We've heard of rates as much as $15/minute. Cell phone users may also have difficulty calling the international number if their cell service is not provisioned for international service. International long distance charges are paid by the caller when they dial your international number directly, and the call is free to the Iridium user.

Iridium Satellite Phone Rental - Prepaid Airtime Bundles

Available Bundles Cost/Minute Total Cost
30 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.59 $47.70
60 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.49 $89.40
100 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.39 $139.00
200 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.39 $278.00
300 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.39 $417.00
500 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.29 $645.00
1000 Minute Prepaid Bundle $1.19 $1,190.00
Bundle Rules and Restrictions
  • Unused bundle minutes are not refundable.
  • Outgoing SMS and calls to other satellite systems are not included in bundles. These services, if used, will be billed in addition to the bundle charges.
  • Minutes used over the purchased bundle minutes are $1.75/minute.
  • Only one prepaid bundle purchase allowed per rental order, and must be purchased before the rent start date.
  • Rental orders with more than one phone will have bundled minutes pooled across the multiple phones. If you wish different phones to have different bundles or bundle/flat rate combination, please submit an order for each phone, or call our offices.
  • Custom bundles available, please call for more information.

Coverage Area
Iridium satellite phones offer worldwide coverage, however there are some countries that have regulatory restrictions that prevent the use of an Iridium satellite phone. These countries include Cuba, North Korea, North Sri Lanka, and Poland.

If you are planning a trip to Russia, you will need to register the phone through www.iridium-russia.com prior to your departure from the US. Please contact us to obtain the required information needed to complete the registration process.

Please remember that all handheld satellite phones can only be used outdoors with an unobstructed view of the sky. Obstructions can include but are not limited to buildings and trees. Inner city use is not recommended. Satellite phones are meant to be used where land lines or cell phones are either cost prohibitive or simply unavailable.

Rental Period
Your rental period begins on the day the phone is delivered, and ends on the day you give the phone back to FedEx using the provided Return Label. The minimum rental period is 1 week. Our Best Rate Calculator will automatically determine the best rate based on how long you will have the phone and the current rental rates. As a courtesy, our Best Rate Calculator automatically deducts the first day from the rental period for testing purposes (any airtime used on this day will still be billed based on the airtime plan chosen).

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