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Prepaid Cards vs. Postpaid plan

Mobal's Satellite Phone expert Stephen Clough gives you a comparison of the two services to help you decide which one is right for you.

Purchasing a Satellite Phone is a big commitment and at Mobal we want to make sure you purchase the right service so that you get the maximum benefit out of your Iridium handset. I have given a brief overview of the two services available from Iridium, Postpaid monthly subscriptions and Prepaid vouchers, and there is also a handy matrix to compare the two services side by side.

Iridium Prepaid Cards

Purchasing a prepaid card is the perfect solution for people who are working on short term or seasonal projects and they know how much airtime they'll need. It is a great way to budget as you purchase your airtime in advance. You'll get great call rates without the long term commitment . There are no contracts, no activation fees and no ongoing monthly bills. You'll also receive SMS alerts when your minutes are running low or when your voucher is due to expire so you won't lose the airtime that you have paid for.

Iridium Postpaid Plan

A great option if you need a Mobal satellite phone on a regular basis or for an extended period of time. You can even sign up for month-to-month payments rather than committing to a term yearly agreement if you only need it for a couple of months at a time. Our monthly Iridium subscription customers get detailed call records each month in the Mobal MyAccount facility along with the convenience of uninterrupted service without having to manage usage and purchasing new airtime. Your Iridium airtime will never run out or expire. You'll pay a monthly service fee, get access to our best call rates and you'll get the option to choose from competitive free call credit bundles.

Prepaid Postpaid
Best option for Temporary project or seasonal usage Regular usage throughout the year
Plan Benefits No monthly fees or contracts Convenience, flexibility and better airtime rates
No minimum contract
Rates Range from $1.39/min to $2.12/min Range from $0.99/min to $1.39/min
Free incoming calls Free incoming calls
Free incoming texts Free incoming texts
Free Voicemail Free Voicemail
Free Call Credit
Does airtime expire? Minutes expire from 30 days to 24 months depending on voucher purchased Your unused call credit rolls over every month and never expires
Does my service expire? SIM Card expires 30 days after voucher expiry if new voucher not added SIM card will not expire while contract is active
When do I pay for my airtime? In advance Used minutes are billed monthly
Does my airtime need topping up? Yes - when current voucher airtime has been used or expired No
Do I get itemized call records? No Yes in your Mobal MyAccount facility
Coverage Full Global Coverage Full Global Coverage
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