Any NZ mobile companies roam on iridium?

, posted: 23-Mar-2010 21:24

Simple question, do any of the NZ mobile companies, vodafone, 2degrees or telecom (XT) have international roaming agreements with Iridium?

I believe Telstra in Australia has such an agreement, you can stick a Postpaid Telstra SIM with global roaming enabled in your Iridium phone and use the satellite network, at very significant cost of course, but for very casual use it'd be a lot cheaper than keeping Iridium minutes "alive" with an Iridium SIM.

(regards Telstra, that's what I've read on the web in threads from a couple years back, but may well no longer be possible)

update: Apparently Telstra still does it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC5wkXORcjs  but are any NZ providers also up with the play?

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Comment by freitasm, on 23-Mar-2010 21:36

You'd probably get more replies in a forum thread.


Author's note by sleemanj, on 23-Mar-2010 21:53

I doubt it, besides there is no suitable forum.


Comment by wellygary, on 24-Mar-2010 08:58

http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/networks/network_info/satellite.cfm

I suspect that the reason Telstra SIMs work is because of the Australian Government's satellite phone subsidy scheme for bush and outback users.

http://www.dbcde.gov.au/mobile_services/the_satellite_phone_subsidy_scheme


Author's note by sleemanj, on 24-Mar-2010 19:12

@wellgary
most likely, I guess living in a desert does have some advantages.
 


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