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Iridium Launches the 9555 Phone

Iridium Satellite LLC had unveiled its smallest, most powerful satellite phone – the Iridium 9555. The innovative, all-new design of the 9555 offers a significantly reduced size, a more hand-friendly form factor, an intuitive user interface, and new features such as an internally stowed antenna. It is compact, light and easy to use, featuring a brighter screen, a speaker phone, improved Short Messaging Service (SMS) and email capabilities, and an upgraded mini-USB data port. The new phone is engineered to withstand and perform well in the world’s most rugged, remote and industrial environments, including being water- and shock-resistant.

Combined with the only communications network providing truly global coverage, the 9555 delivers the reliable, secure, real-time, mission-critical communications service that Iridium users have come to expect.

The Iridium 9555  utilises the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world, consisting of 66 low-earth orbiting cross-linked satellites, and operates as a fully meshed network with in-orbit spares.

The 9555 design includes a menu-driven interface, making it very user-friendly for customers. Soft keys are utilised to allow for flexible menu choices and ease of navigation. Key features of the 9555 handset include:

  • Lighter weight design – 27 percent lighter than 9505A handset
  • Compact – 30 percent smaller than 9505A handset
  • Internally retractable antenna for compact carrying
  • Illuminated, weather-resistant keypad redesigned for ease-of-use
  • A menu configurable in any of 21 languages
  • Enhanced functionality for improved integration of messaging (short email and SMS)
  • Additional address book fields for more phone numbers, email addresses and notes
  • Programmable international codes for automatic dialing
  • Built-in help function
  • Integrated speakerphone
  • Mini-USB data port
  • Standby time up to 30 hours
  • Talk time up to 4 hours


The 9555 handset will be available in November 2008, for further information please contact AST:

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