Send Iridium SMS Now | Satellite Phones Direct
Send Iridium SMS Now | Satellite Phones Direct

Send Iridium SMS Now!

You may now send a message via the web or email to an Iridium phone or pager. There are NO per message or airtime charges for Incoming texts. Please see rates for outgoing texts. See FAQ below for more information.

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Send SMS via email to an Iridium Phone
To email a text message to your phone, send an email to 8816xxxxxxxx@msg.iridium.com, where “xxxxxxxx” is your phone number, and type a message of up to 160 characters.

Messaging Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many messages can I send/receive?
A: There is no monthly limit on the number of pages you can receive. A maximum of five messages can be sent by the website or via e-mail, every 10 minutes to a single Iridium paging subscriber.

Q: What phone number do I use?
A: Enter the Iridium customer's Iridium pager or phone number (12 digits starting with 8816).

Q: What locations can I send messages to?
A: Your message will reach Iridium customers virtually anywhere on or above the surface of the earth.

Q: How will my message be delivered?
A: Your message will be routed through the Iridium network, which combines the global reach of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites to cover every location on the planet. Because Iridium is a satellite service, placing your phone in clear line of sight to the satellites will improve message delivery.

Q: How long will it take for the message to get to the user?
A: Delivery time for Iridium messages depends on the length of the message, the routing time to the phone, as well as the Iridium signal strength. Most messages will be delivered within 7 minutes. Almost all messages will be delivered within 15 minutes.

Q: How do I send an e-mail message to my Iridium phone?
A: E-mails can be sent to Iridium pagers or phones by entering the Iridium phone number into the following generic address, 8816[number]@msg.iridium.com. Remember to keep the email short!

Q: What is the longest message I can send?
A: For the 9500/9505/9505A models, you may send a maximum of 160 characters. For the 9555/9575 models, you may send a maximum of 1000 characters (the message will come through truncated as several 160 character messages)

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