|All incoming calls to your satellite phone are free, however the calling party will be paying for making an "international" call and paying international calling rates (international calling rates differ between phone companies, and most all have international plans to lower these rates). Unfortunately, many phone providers simply BLOCK international calls, so it's not hard to see why adding a local number to your satellite phone may be essential.
All Iridium satellite phones have large somewhat intimidating looking international phone numbers that look like: 011-881-772520732 ...broken up, the 011 is the prefix for making an international call, the 881 is the "country code" of all iridium satellite phones, and the actual phone number is the last 9 digits. Altogether, the entire phone number is 15 digits long.
The advantages of having a local number are:
►Callers won't have trouble calling because their phone provider "blocks" international calls.
►Callers are not charged for international rates... only the standard local charges.
►Your satellite phone number is seen as a typical looking number. Not intimidating.
►You can still use your origional satellite phone number where callers will pay for the call.
This local number service is provided by SatCollect.com and the cost is currently $10 per month and $1.49 per minute for any incoming call to your satellite phone. This service simply pays for the incoming calls made to that number. You still can use the original satellite telephone number, so only give out the SatCollect "local" number to people whom you wish to pay for.
Sign-up is automated and you can have your local number assigned to your satellite phone in minutes. You can find out current Iridium pricing now by plugging in this fake Iridium satellite phone number 881-772520732
Please visit SatCollect.com for more information and to add a local number to your sat phone.