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Iridium Satellite Phone Per-Minute Prices To Drop To 15 Cents

The company said its North American service providers offer prepaid six-month plans. Iridium added that new subscribers can obtain bonus airtime incentives.

A new low-cost plan for high-volume satellite phone callers was announced Wednesday by Iridium Satellite, which said prices for its "super discount" packages could be as low as 15 cents a minute.

Iridium's service covers North America, including the extreme northern regions of Canada and Alaska, as well as the entire Caribbean. There are no roaming charges leveled in the service. As a satellite communications provider, Iridium recently established an operable emergency service for first responders in Louisiana with the help of defense contractor Raytheon.

The satellite service is generally aimed at high-volume business users operating in isolated regions, often away from cell phone service.

The company said its North American service providers offer prepaid six-month plans. Iridium added that new subscribers can obtain bonus airtime incentives.

Iridium said its "super discount" packages can drive prices down to 15 cents a minute for some users. Typical prepaid airtime packages charge between 30 and 40 cents a minute.

The company's sky network consists of 66 low-earth-orbiting, cross-linked satellites and has multiple in-orbit spares.

This article was edited on April 25 to reflect the pricing.

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