Calling Iridium phone numbers can be difficult in certain parts of the world and can generate high call charges for the calling party. The +1 Access Service makes calling Iridium subscribers simpler and less expensive and has been developed to provide Iridium post-paid subscribers with a US based +1 phone number in addition to their existing 8816 Iridium phone number.
Each +1 number is directly mapped in the switchboard to an accompanying 8816 phone number. When a call is received via +1, the system identifies the correct MSISDN and routes the call to the Iridium user. The process is seamless, but there will be a short delay prior to call connection. Subscribers proceed as usual when receiving calls via +1 Access, as well as dialling outbound calls.
The Iridium +1 Access Service is not available to pre-paid Iridium subscribers. To reduce calls to pre-paid Iridium subscribers consider Iridium 2 Stage Dialling
+1 Access Service Charges:
Monthly Fee = $10.00 (in addition to voice Monthly Fee)
Cost per minute to receive the call = $1.50
Cost per minute to the caller = cost per minute to a US phone number
Why use the Iridium +1 Access Service?
- Unique +1 phone number per subscriber
- No activation fee and low monthly fee
- Simpler and less expensive for the caller
- A flexible service - Iridium users can manage their call costs between their Iridium phone number or +1 phone number by giving the appropriate phone number to the caller.
Alternatives to the Iridium +1 Access Service
Callers to Iridium satellite phones can reduce call charges by using the Iridium 2 stage dialing service. The 2 stage dialing service allows callers to dial your Iridium phone from anywhere by calling into a US area code number and then entering the Iridium subscriber number. There is a monthly subscription for 2 stage dialing and it must be activated by the handset user.
More about Iridium 2 Stage Dialling
|Iridium +1 Access Service||Iridium 2 Stage Dialling|
|Cost/min to receive call||$1.50||$1.35|
|Cost/min to caller*||Cost/min to US number||Cost/min to US number|
|Available to Pay Monthly Subscribers||Yes||Yes|
|Available to Pay As You Go Subscribers||No||Yes|
|Unique +1 phone number directly connects to Iridium phone number||Yes||No|
* The cost per minute to the caller will depend on their calling plan to US numbers.