Iridium GO Satellite WiFi HotSpot
Iridium GO creates a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere on the planet, enabling up to five smartphones or tablets to make voice calls and send text messages, via satellite – thereby obviating the need to carry a separate handheld satellite phone. Voice calls are made with the Iridium GO voice calling app which synchronizes with the user’s existing phone-book on their smartphone.
Additionally, Iridium GO provides a 2.4kbps narrow-band data connection which allows for basic email and very limited internet usage by means of Iridium’s specialized Mail & Web app, which users can download from the Apple and Android stores. Social network updates such as photo uploads also works quite well, but users should be aware that most bandwidth hungry 3rd party apps on their smartphones, such as Skype, video transmissions and Whats App, will not work over the Iridium GO narrow-band connection.
Iridium GO is incredibly simple to use, raising the antenna turns on the device, which then automatically connects to the Iridium network and establishes a Wi-Fi connection. By using the special Iridium GO apps on their smartphones, individuals can then use their phone or tablet to make voice calls, send text messages, download emails, and to a limited extent, browse the internet.
Iridium GO is designed to be rugged; it is built to withstand rain, sand, dust and rough use. The included GPS with SOS functionality creates a fast, two-way connection with an emergency provider—bringing peace of mind anywhere in the world. Optional search and rescue services are also available with Iridium GO, the details of which come in the box.
At about the size of a pack of cigarettes, Iridium GO! is highly portable, providing a WiFi hotspot with a coverage radius of 100 feet. Users can connect devices wirelessly without any special adapters and enjoy good voice quality, thanks to the use of the optimized audio fidelity of their smartphones.
***Note for maritime users: Iridium GO can now be fully and easily integrated with the brilliant QTVLM grib file viewer and navigation app for Sailing Boats. Note that you require the full version off the QTVLM app, which can be purchased from within the free version of the QTVLM app, in order for QTVLM to be able to communicate with Iridium GO. Just search for QTVLM in the app store on your mobile devices.