Iridium OpenPort, a solid state touché!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Derek says:

    what is the price for the open port

  2. ibsailn says:

    This apparently launched in August or is about to in October (depending on which press release you read). Anybody have any info on the launch and pricing. I did find charts showing voice and data pricing at about $0.58/min and $5.00/mb respectively, but nothing on purchase price of equipment.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Dr. Soltero reports that OpenPort is scheduled to ship on October 15th, with hardware costing $5995. There will be dozens of possible service plans, but here are some examples:
    0 minutes/0 MBytes: $50 month, $1.67 min, $25.71 MB
    100 min/10 MB: $312 month w/extras $1.32 min, $18 MB
    200 min/50 MB: $916 month, extras $1.17 min, $14 MB
    Standard data rate is 32kbps, with 64kbps available for plans over $900 for an extra charge.
    The service pricing seems a lot higher than what’s suggested at Globe Wireless:

  4. Anonymous says:

    They work, but have issues. If you want to use this device for IP connectivity and you don’t consistently use it, it will enter some kind of standby state and not come back until you send some traffic. The end result is a few seconds wait for it to recover. This can get annoying.

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *