Iridium PTT Service Plans

There are three parts to any Iridium PTT account. First is the $67 per month per handset fee. Next is the Talkgroup Service Monthly Fee, and third is the optional Standard Iridium Satellite Phone Service (Iridium Extreme only) which has discounts on the monthly fee and is only charged only when voice calls are made. All three of these services/fees are listed below.

Handset Access Fee

Iridium Global PTT Handset Monthly Access FeeCost (USD)
Iridium PTT Global Monthly Handset Access Fee - 12 month minimum term WIth a 12 month minimum term, all Iridium PTTs handsets are billed at $67/mo SKU: PHPTTBWMFEE12$67 /mo per handset
Iridium PTT Global Monthly Handset Access Fee - 3 month minimum term WIth a 3 month minimum term, all Iridium PTTs handsets are billed at $122/mo SKU: PHPTTBWMFEE3$122 /mo per handset
  • PTT service requires no SIM card for PTT service in the handset. If using phone service, a SIM card is required.
  • Early termination fee for PTT service is $400 usd per handset (12 month term plans).
  • For PTT service that includes the Middle East, extra charges will apply.

Iridium PTT Talkgroups

Iridium PTT Talkgroups – Important Facts

  • A Talkgroup is one or more PTT service regions created by the subscriber in the Command Center Portal.
  • A Talkgroup monthly subscription is based on total square kilometers (km2). A small Talkgroup = 100,000 km2.
  • A small Talkgroup may have up to 5 service regions before hitting the 100,000 km2 size limit.
  • Service regions may be drawn and located anywhere on the globe in the Command Center.
  • PTT phones (aka radios or handsets) are assigned to a Talkgroup in the Command Center.
  • Any number of PTT phones may be assigned to a Talkgroup.
  • PTT phones in a Talkgroup communicate with all PTT phones from ALL service regions of that Talkgroup.
  • A single PTT phone may be assigned to a maximum of 15 Talkgroups (if more than one Talkgroup is ordered).

Here are examples of sizes of small, medium and large Talkgroup sizes (total size in 1 unbroken region):

PTT Talkgroup Sizes

Do note that Talkgroup regions can be made up of many smaller service regions located anywhere on the planet that equal the total talkgroup size.

Iridium PTT Global TalkgroupsCost (USD)
Small Talkgroup (up to 100,000 km2) - Unlimited Talktime - Unlimited Handsets GLOBAL USE - (Except Middle East) Unlimited PTT talk time. No PTT per minute costs. May create up to 5 service regions with a 100,000 square kilometer limit - more All Talkgroups support an unlimited number of assigned handsets at no additional cost. SKU: PHPTT01TGPrice: $152/month per Talkgroup Free with +5 PTTs
Medium Talkgroup (up to 300,000 km2) - Unlimited Talktime - Unlimited Handsets GLOBAL USE - (Except Middle East) Unlimited PTT talk time. No PTT per minute costs. May create multiple service regions for a total of 300,000 square kilometer limit - more All Talkgroups support an unlimited number of assigned handsets at no additional cost. SKU: PHPTT02TGPrice: $266/month per Talkgroup Free with +5 PTTs*
Large Talkgroup (up to 750,000 km2) - Unlimited Talktime - Unlimited Handsets GLOBAL USE - (Except Middle East) Unlimited PTT talk time. No PTT per minute costs. May create multiple service regions for a total of 750,000 square kilometer limit - more All Talkgroups support an unlimited number of assigned handsets at no additional cost. SKU: PHPTT03TGPrice: $450/month per Talkgroup
X-Large Talkgroup (up to 1,500,000 km2) - Unlimited Talktime - Unlimited Handsets GLOBAL USE - (Except Middle East) Unlimited PTT talk time. No PTT per minute costs. May create multiple service region as for a total of 1,500,000 square kilometer limit - more All Talkgroups support an unlimited number of assigned handsets at no additional cost. This talkgroup does require approval by Iridium. SKU: PHPTT04TGPrice: $1050/month per Talkgroup
Jumbo Talkgroup (up to 2,250,000 km2) - Unlimited Talktime - Unlimited Handsets GLOBAL USE - (Except Middle East) Unlimited talk time. No PTT per minute costs. May create multiple service region as for a total of 2,250,000 square kilometer limit - more All Talkgroups support an unlimited number of assigned handsets at no additional cost. This talkgroup does require approval by Iridium. SKU: PHPTT05TGPrice: $2,400/month per Talkgroup
  • The Command Center portal is included free with the PTT service
  • Free Medium Talkgroups for 5 or more PTTs requires internal approval
  • Accounts that have multiple free Small and Medium Talkgroups must have an equal number of both
  • To maintain the free Talkgroup status, a minimum of 5 PTTs should be placed in that Talkgroup
  • Adding or removing members to a Talkgroup does not incur any charges. Updates are instant using the Command portal
  • Talkgroup coverage areas are defined with the PTT Command Center with drawn circles, squares and rectangles on a map
  • Each handset may have a maximum of 15 Talkgroups
  • Each Talkgroup’s coverage may be split into up to 10 different service regions located anywhere on the globe
  • There are no restrictions on where the coverage may be placed on the earth (Middle East regions exception)
  • A handset’s access to Talkgroups can be easily disabled or enabled via the PTT Command Center
  • A handset’s standard monthly fee will continue to be charged even when disabled in the Command Center.

Iridium Phone Service Airtime - Optional for Iridium Extreme PTTs

Discounts are provided for voice phone service for subscribers of the Iridium PTT service. For North American subscribers the monthly cost is $0.00 per month (normally $45 per month)… Discounts for handsets located everywhere else are also significantly less at $15 a month. Note that an Extreme PTT phone must switch to voice mode (from PTT mode) to make and receive calls. This is done through the handset menu options explained in the Iridium Extreme PTT User Manual.

Iridium Satellite Phone Service - Iridium Extreme Handset OnlyCost (USD)
Iridium Phone Monthly Service - 100% Global Plans For Global PTT Subscribers Only $15 USD monthly fee and $1.16 per minute to any landline or cellphone worldwide. All incoming calls are *free. SMS texting is $0.37 per text. SKU: PHBWIRUSAGEPTTGLB$15/month $1.16 per voice minute (Normally $45 per month) Free Activation
Iridium Phone Monthly Service - North America - Map For PTT Subscribers in North America $0 monthly fee and $1.16 USD per minute to any landline or cellphone worldwide. All incoming calls are *free. SMS texting is $0.37 per text. SKU: PHBWIRUSAGEPTTNA$0/month $1.16 per voice minute (Normally $45 per month) Free Activation
Unlimited Calling - Iridium To Iridium Calls - Unlimited Talktime. For $35 USD per month Iridium users may call other Iridium phones for unlimited talktime. This is an add-on plan that works with any of our standard monthly plans (not the plans above) and may be cancelled at any time upon request. For use with the with Iridium Extreme 9575 satellite phone only (calling other Iridium devices that is not the 9575 will be charged at normal rates). SKU: PHBWIRUSAGEMAXUnlimited Talktime $35/month Add-On Plan
  • Other Iridium plans: the PTT phones may use any standard Iridium service offered by Ground Control. Here are the other Iridium voice plans available
  • An Iridium SIM card is required for Iridium phone services.
  • *Incoming calls are free, but the caller is paying their phone provider’s rates for calling a satellite phone. Local worldwide number here.