Iridium PrePaid Airtime Vouchers
PrePaid airtime vouchers for all handheld Iridium satellite phones, loaded electronically directly to your SIM card by Ashbury SatCom.
Iridium PrePaid Airtime Vouchers
Iridium PrePaid Airtime Vouchers – these vouchers are for all handheld Iridium satellite phones. Do all your Iridium prepaid top-ups for handheld Iridium satellite phones on this page. You can also get an airtime voucher to go with your new Iridium prepaid PAYG SIM card on this page.
There are 2 categories of Iridium prepaid airtime vouchers for Iridium handheld phones: global and regional. SIM cards loaded with global vouchers may be used to make calls from anywhere on earth, while SIM cards loaded with regional vouchers can only make calls from within their respective regions.
Note that once an Iridium SIM card expires all airtime on it is forfeited but there is a 270 day period during which the SIM card can still be topped up with new minutes, however after that the SIM card is rendered useless and you will need a new Iridium SIM card in order to continue using your Iridium phone.
Iridium Prepaid Call Rates
- The minutes in your voucher can be used to call to any landline or mobile phone worldwide.
- Minimum call charges: Voice calls 20-seconds minimum, 20-second increments thereafter. Incoming calls and calls to 24/7 support are free of charge. SMS texts consume 6 seconds of talk time on global vouchers, 30 seconds on regional vouchers.
- Calls made with a Global vouchers to other Iridium satellite phones are discounted by 50%. Calls made with an Regional vouchers to other Iridium satellite phones are discounted by 25%. Calls to other satellite networks cost considerably more than calling to landlines or mobile phones.
Iridium Prepaid Validity
- Maximum validity is 3 years and airtime can only ever be carried forward for a maximum of 3 years, after which it will be forfeited.
- If you don’t do a recharge before the end of the expiry window, your minutes will expire, and you will need to load new minutes to the SIM card in order to use it again.
- Iridium SIM cards are permanently disabled 270 days after the lapse of the expiry window, and then you will need to buy a new SIM card in order to use your Iridium phone again.
- Send a blank text to 2888 (or dial 2888) periodically to know when your current minutes expire, and do a recharge at least 3 days before the expiry date.
How Your Minutes Carry Forward
- As a general rule of thumb, when you do a recharge your existing minutes are carried forward, and your expiry window is extended with the validity of the newly loaded voucher. Some notable exceptions follows:
- The 300 minute global voucher can never be carried forward regardless of what voucher it is topped up with. Inversely, if the 300 minute global voucher is loaded on top of any other voucher, any existing airtime balance will be forfeited.
- The 300 minute Africa voucher can only be carried forward when topped up with another 300 minute African voucher. If the 300 minute African voucher is loaded on top of any other type of voucher, any existing airtime balance will be forfeited.
- The 500 minute Middle Eastern voucher can never be carried forward regardless of what voucher it is topped up with. Inversely, if the 500 minute Middle Eastern voucher is loaded on top of any other voucher, any existing airtime balance will be forfeited.
- The old discontinued 200 minute global voucher with 1 year validity can never be carried forward regardless of what voucher it is topped up with.
How to do a Recharge
- To recharge an existing SIM card just buy a voucher and enter your Iridium phone number into the relevant field during checkout.
- Iridium recharge vouchers are loaded by Ashbury SatCom’s activations people, directly onto the SIM card. You will receive an email once your order has completed processing, which means that your airtime has been loaded. This typically takes 2 hours during business hours, 12 hours over weekends.
- When doing a recharge to prevent expiry of existing airtime, always do this at least 3 days before expiry in case there is a delay with the processing of your recharge.
- If you buy a recharge on our website for an Iridium SIM that was not supplied by us, you will be sent a new SIM free of charge.
- To check your airtime balance and expiry date send a blank text to 2888 or dial 2888 from your Iridium phone.
Next have a look at the Iridium GO PrePaid Airtime Vouchers.