Iridium GO Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot

(5 customer reviews)

The Iridium GO Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot runs on the Iridium satellite network and provides your devices with satellite phone call and data capabilities.


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Iridium GO Satellite WiFi HotSpot

The Iridium GO Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot runs on the Iridium satellite network and provides your devices with satellite phone call and data capabilities.

The Iridium GO is great for voice calls, plain text emails, GRIB file weather reports, the odd photo attachment – and even has GPS/tracking and SOS.

However note that, at only around 24kbps Iridium GO’s narrowband satellite data connection is extremely slow and useless for web browsing.

That said, it comes with a very nice e-mail app called Mail and Web which is great for sending and receiving plain text emails and attachments.

Up to 5 different users can install the Iridium GO apps on their smartphones, for simultaneously sending and receiving emails via Iridium GO.

All the smartphones connected to Iridium GO can make voice calls, just not simultaneously. Incoming calls ring on all phones for anyone to answer.

We offer an All-You-Can-Eat subscription for Iridium GO which is great for 1, even more so if you’re going to be sharing you GO with others.

Being a device that runs on the Iridium network, it will work anywhere on earth including seas, airways, mountains, and the polar regions.

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5 reviews for Iridium GO Satellite Wi-Fi Hotspot

  1. Charles Brookson

    Always wonder about the risks as an early adopter!: Got one of these and have used the Android applications, registered for a Email address and followed the instructions to download the Go! Application, Email and Web and XWeb (Firefox). Found when I changed the password on Email it did not change for receive, so I had to erase and reload Email. You can arrange for it to collect Email from other accounts, or just forward to your address. Now all is working well. I can send SMS, GPS positions, Email, Facebook (with pictures), Twitter and get weather reports. A few rough edges but it all works …… Will be interesting to get a Laptop set up, but that is work in progress at the moment. The ordering process and support was very good from Ashbury Satcomm.

  2. Peter Owens

    Bought one of these as the iSatHUb apparently does not work at sea. The Iridium GO! is much slower than the isatHub but for a skipper with limited data usage that wasn’t much of a concern to me. We installed the GO with a mast mounted antenna above deck and the Iridium GO below deck. This cost us far less than an Iridium phone with docking station would have cost, and we can all use the GO wirelessly from our smartphones – quite nifty.

    • Moderator


      Pleased the Iridium GO is the perfect solution for your requirements.

      Thanks for the review.


  3. Phil James

    Good for calls provided there is very clear sky above and around the unit- a few trees in the vicinity will mean a constant dropping in and out of signal.
    Even when the uplink is stable though, emails are tortuously slow, it takes hours to download just a few k of headers, and the whole in box has to be downloaded uninterrupted into one packet file or you are starting all over again using up both personal and air time.
    As I said, vey good for sat calls, but only if you have a really clear view of sky horizon to horizon – not a satnet device yet.

    • Moderator

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for the honest feedback on your experience with the Iridium Go hotspot, all points noted.


  4. Simon Jobson (verified owner)

    I used the Iridium Go! In the summer of 2015 so that I could continue to work remotely during a sailing trip from UK across Biscay to Spain and then back again. In total the Go! was used for about three months, including two Biscay crossings when I had no alternate means of communication. I only used it for email as I already knew that it’s 2400bps speed was too slow for web browsing.

    I had opted for the fixed price £108/month unlimited data tariff, which included 10mins of free voice calls. I also used the Go! with only the built in antenna as fitting a proper external antenna was quite expensive and I decided I could always raise it up the mast if needed!

    Firstly the device itself. The unit was compact and solid and lived inside my boat almost all the time – mainly as that’s where my power supply was. The signal inside the boat (fibreglass hull) was full strength when satellites were in view. Maybe an external antenna would have extended the period of visibility of the satellites a bit more as they do pass over quite fast.

    I also opted for the Xgate email service. Whilst this is technically identical to the free iridium email, it has the advantage of having a Web and PC client and the ability to use other network connections, which made it easier to manage the volume of email traffic over a three month period. I had auto forwarded all my normal email to the Xmail, so I had quite a lot of mail but I also have very little junk and spam which helped a lot. I did find you have to pick up the mail every day or the backlog starts to make it hard to sync over satellite.

    The Xmail and Go app worked very well together to manage the low bandwidth and the regular dropouts as satellites crossed the horizon. The data already received was cached so the next connection would start where the last one dropped out, which was excellent. Sometimes it would take 5-10 connection attempts to pick up all the data, especially when large files were included. However, it would eventually all come through – even files of a mb or so. Just takes some perseverance! Considering there were no alternatives, I was happy to persevere!

    The messaging service on the Go! App was quick and efficient and messages went through in seconds. I could not get any SMS to mobiles to work at all and understand this is an issue between iridium and cell phone networks. However to email addresses they worked fine and were extremely quick and easy to use and great for short messages

    Overall, my experience was very positive and I would recommend the device and Xmail to anyone wanting a go-anywhere email connectivity.

    • Moderator


      Thank you for you kind words and your repeat custom. Looking forward to supporting you through 2016


    • Moderator


      Thanks for the details feedback and the positive comments, I am happy the Iridium Go! satisfied your requirements at sea.


  5. moc.tenretnitb@gnithcaysselwalf (verified owner)

    As a quick and relatively simple global Satphone capable of basic email and text, so far I cannot fault the product or service from Charles at Ashbury.. It has taken me a couple of hours to properly test and set up the iridium go and the iridium web and mail apps..
    So long as it works in the middle of oceans, I’m happy…

    • Moderator

      I hope the hotspot worked out for you on your sailng trip, and pleasure dealing with you.


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Iridium GO Coverage Map

Iridium Satellite Phone Network Coverage

Iridium is the only satellite network offering truly global coverage including all landmasses, oceans and airways.

Iridium GO Key-Features

  • Narrowband satellite data connection for smartphones and tablets
  • Global coverage of the Iridium network means GO works worldwide
  • Specialized data connection useless for general web browsing.
  • Great for GRIB files, voice calls, and plain text emails
  • Free Mail & Web app for sending compressed plain text emails
  • GPS with SOS for position reporting and emergencies
  • Only 295 Grams and measures 4.5″x 3.25″ x 1.25″
  • Extremely durable IP65 and Military Spec 810F
  • All Apple and Android devices are supported

Iridium GO Maritime Benefits

  • Unlike the Inmarsat satellite wi-fi Hotspots which only work on land, Iridium GO works anywhere on land, at sea and in the air.
  • Iridium GO can be fully and easily integrated with the brilliant QTVLM grib file viewer and navigation app for sailing boats.
  • Slow as Iridium GO’s data connection is, it is still better than that you will get from any handheld phone, especially with its apps.
  • Iridium GO doesn’t require a docking station to be used below deck as handheld satphones do, hence far more practical and versatile.
  • There is a very nice optional ‘Fixed Installation Kit’ with fixed mast antenna for your vessel, available elsewhere in our web shop.
  • We offer an all-you-can-eat contract subscription for Iridium GO which gives you unlimited data calls at a fixed small monthly fee.
  • Iridium GO is only slightly larger than a box of cigarettes, and so carrying it around or mounting on different places on a boat is very easy.
  • Iridium GO is very easy to use: the user simply lifts the antenna which powers up the Iridium GO and starts broadcasting its Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Up to a handful of smartphones or tablets can connect to Iridium GO at once on a vessel to make calls and send emails via satellite.
  • Iridium GO comes with an in-built SOS button which sends out a distress call with your location to a pre-programmed emergency centre.

Iridium GO Applications

Recommended for:

  • Making satellite voice calls on smartphones and tablets.
  • Sending plain-text emails with the free Mail & Web app
  • GRB files and navigation with the QTVLM app
  • Multitude of benefits in the marine environment

Usage Observations:

  • Works anywhere on land, sea, and air so long as the antenna can see the Iridium satellites.
  • Particularly suitable for aircraft and boats, though not formally approved for use in Aircraft
  • Requires set-up of the Iridium Mail & Web and QTVLM apps which have approx a 2hrs learning curve

Not recommended for:

  • General internet browsing since Iridium GO is not a broadband product.

Iridium GO Airtime Options

Note that we offer an all-you-can-eat contract subscription for Iridium GO which gives you unlimited data calls at a fixed monthly fee, and migrations between pre-paid and contract isn’t possible – requiring a new SIM card, so consider your needs carefully before making a choice.

Iridium GO Box-Contents

  • Iridium GO
  • Iridium GO SIM Card
  • Mains Charger + Plug Kit
  • Vehicle Charger
  • Built-in Battery
  • USB Cable
  • User Guide

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