Test your satellite phone

The annual “Test Your Satellite Phone” week by Iridium is running from May 23 to 28. With the hurricane season approaching fast, all Iridium subscribers are encouraged to make sure their Iridium satellite phones are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

  • Verify your batteries are in good condition and fully charged,
  • Make sure your Iridium account is active by calling the free testing number 00-1-480-752-5105 from your Iridium phone,
  • Also check your prepaid balance by calling 2888,
  • Review operating procedures for making and receiving satellite calls.

A solo row across the Atlantic with Iridium

Katie Spotz -- Row for Water

This coming December, Katie Spotz, a young American from Ohio, will undertake a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. After 2,500 miles and 70-100 days at sea, she will become the youngest person ever to row an ocean solo and the first American to row from Africa to South America. With this endeavor Katie promotes safe drinking water projects around the world, that’s why her row is named Row For Water.

Besides other equipment on the boat, she will have an Iridium 9505A satellite phone for communicating with the land crew, updating her event blog and, of course, for any emergency situation (which we all hope won’t happen). So keep tuned to Katie’s blog and Twitter account for updates! Good luck, Katie!