If you are planning on using the satellite airtime to initiate calls and/or sms's from in the Middle East and Africa, then the MEA Plan would be the most cost effective route to follow.
The Middle East and Africa plan is limited to outgoing calls from within the regions listed below, Note however that you can receive calls from any destination (WorldWide)
*MENA Region includes the countries listed below plus 12 nautical miles into coastal waters:
AFRICA COUNTRIES: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Juan DeNova Island, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa (including Prince Edwards Island), Tanzania, United Republic of Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES: Cyprus, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates. Other non listed areas may apply."
- Outbound Calls from your Satellite Device on Africa Plan - LIMITED TO MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA*
- Inbound Calls to your Satellite Device on Africa Plan - WORLDWIDE
If you need to be able initiate calls outside of Africa, then you'll need a WorldWide Plan.
Pre-Paid Iridium Voice & SMS Airtime - Middle East and Africa
Validity 12 Months
Sim & Activation - $20
Rollover of unused airtime upon recharge - Yes
Outgoing African Unit Call Charges
O Units - Free
- All calls are round-up and billed in 20 second increments.
- Calls to the support line are free of charge - simply dial +1 480 752 5105 from your Iridium handset.
- With Iridium the receiving party never pays for any call - Iridium is thus far cheaper than cellular roaming.
- Retrieve prepaid balances by dialling 2888 from your Iridium Satellite Phone
- All Iridium handsets can receive SMS messages from other Iridium subscribers. SMS to cell phones and visa versa is not available.
- SMS messages can be sent free of charge to Iridium subscribers from www.iridium.com. Messages are limited to 160 characters.
- SMS messages can also be sent to Iridium subscribers via email
- Iridium handsets can send 160 character messages to email
- Africa Plan - Restricted to only make calls from within Africa, but can call to anywhere worldwide. Can also receive calls worldwide.
- Rollover of unused airtime upon recharge - Subject to being done prior to account expiry - IndigoSat will send email notifications in this regard.
- Sim swaps billed at $150