The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that it expects more storms than average in 2011 during Atlantic hurricane season which spans from June 1st – November 30th.
The NOAA is forecasting 12-18 tropical storms, 6 – 10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or greater.
In 2010 there were 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes, the second most hurricanes on record.
Having a satellite phone can be a critical lifeline in times of need. Regular testing can ensure your phone is ready for anything and keep you prepared for the unexpected.
In order to stay prepared for any eventuality Iridium recommend that:
– You test your Iridium phone monthly
– Keep the battery charged
– Ensure the SIM card is locked in place
– Protect you phone’s antenna
– Make a test call to check that everything is working ok.
Check out our Iridium test videos to see how to correctly ensure that your phone is working.
Iridium have a free phone number for satellite phones to test that they are working correctly.
To test your phone follow these steps:
– Go outside
– Turn on your phone
– Extend the antenna towards the sky
– Wait for the green LED network indicator
– Dial 1-480-752-5105
*Calls from Iridium handsets will not be charged airtime.
– Press the green button to start the call
If your phone is working, you will hear a call completion confirmation message as well some quick tips on proper handset usage. If you discover that your phone is not operational, contact Mobal on 1-888-888-9162.