** What is the 2 stage dialing with our satellite phone rentals?
The Two-Stage Dialing Platform was developed to allow callers the ability to call an Iridium subscriber via a local phone number in Arizona. This alleviates an issue with some long distance carriers not allowing calls to the 8816 country code (Iridium).
It also helps keep the cost of calling down, as the caller is charged only for the call to Arizona. The rest of the call is charged to the Iridium subscriber, typically at a lower rate than a long distance call to Iridium directly. Some carriers, speciall cellphone carriers have reported charging anywhere from $3.99 a minute to $8.99 a minute to call directly to an Iridium phone!
The calling party dials an Arizona USA number (+1.480.768.2500) This connects the caller to Iridium’s Two-Stage Dialing platform located in Tempe, Arizona.
Using automated voice prompts, the calling party enters the Iridium subscriber's phone number (8816......) The system will identify the IRIDIUM subscriber and connect the call. If there is no answer, the call will then be forwarded to the Iridium subscriber's voice mail.
One of the advantage of Iridium is its free incoming text mesage features, now you can also SEND these text messages for FREE, directly from Iridiums web site. Just go to Iridiums messaging page and follow the instructions!