Iridium Extreme 5 Satellite Phone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Zuzana Prochazka   

If you want to add voice capabilities to your onboard communications, check out the latest in satellite phone technology by Iridium. The new Iridium Extreme 9575 is much more than a ruggedized version of their 9555 phone and was recently launched as their top-of-the-line device.

The Extreme offers superior voice, Internet data, GPS, SOS, online tracking and SMS texting services. It works in all weather conditions and presumably anywhere in the world including the north and south poles in case your cruising does get extreme. The new phone provides low-speed Internet service with the AxcessPoint Personal Hotspot WiFi booster and has a built in GPS so you can also have people track your progress. The one-touch SOS button is programmable to let your emergency contact know your situation and establishes two-way communication to help with the response.

The standby time is up to 30- hours and talk time is up to 3.5 hours. SMS messaging is two-way but not as easy as it is on your iOS or Android device. There is a mailbox for voice and messages. The illuminated display shows 200 characters at a time and there’s an integrated speaker phone as well as a hands-free earpiece with microphone.

The Extreme has a 100-entry phone book and can show a call history for received, missed and dialed calls. It is waterproof to IP65 standards and retails for around $1,500 with per minute charges. That means it’s six times the price of the inReach communicator, but it does more so it’s your choice.