Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web Satellite Phone Data Service Now Available

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Satellite phone data service lets users access email and the web via wi-fi using iridium hardware and service from anywhere on earth.

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web from GMN

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web from GMN

Our ability to bundle email and web connectivity with Iridium AxcessPoint makes it one step easier for our customers to reach work, family and friends anywhere.”

Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services, announces the immediate availability of Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web for Windows and Apple OS X users. The service enables Iridium subscribers to access email, and to connect via Wi-Fi to the Internet for light web browsing, from anywhere on Earth using their smartphones, laptops and tablet computers, the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi hotspot accessory and an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 handset.

“We are excited to work with Iridium to provide the world’s first fully integrated mobile satellite data service,” said Dr. Luis Soltero, President and CTO of GMN. “Iridium sets the standard in providing high-value and reliable data communications services, and GMN sets the benchmark in accelerating satellite email and web-browsing. By developing this solution together, we have created services that allow more people and organizations to stay in touch in new ways.”

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software enables users to get the most out of their Iridium satellite data service through email and Web-browsing in a way that is optimized for the Iridium network and accessible via Wi-Fi. Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web services are available to users when they are connected to an Iridium handset via Wi-Fi through the new AxcessPoint Wi-Fi device.

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web enables email and Internet services by optimizing them for use over Iridium’s global network. It maximizes the user’s time on the Iridium network by managing the data connection and by improving the effective speeds. The software allows for offline viewing and composition of emails; configuration and filtering of large data files and attachments; and mid-file restart of attachment transfers if required. Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web automatically disconnects after the transfer of data, allowing ease of use and cost control. It provides a reliable connection anywhere and features built-in firewall protection to block extraneous Internet traffic for data speeds up to five times faster for web browsing and 15 times faster for email. Users of Apple operating system (iOS) devices, and Windows and Mac laptops, can register and download Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software for use with Iridium AxcessPoint. BlackBerry and Android smartphone users can register and obtain set-up instructions for use of their devices with Iridium AxcessPoint. Iridium plans to make software for Apple iOS devices available by the end of 2011.

Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi Hotspot Accessory is a portable and lightweight Wi-Fi hotspot accessory that connects smartphones or laptops to Iridium using an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone. Iridium also is offering, at no additional charge, its Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software for use with the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi accessory.

Iridium Extreme™ is the most advanced, rugged satellite handset on the market. Iridium Extreme is the smallest and lightest Iridium handset model, with the ability to precisely locate users anywhere on the surface of the planet. It meets stringent U.S. Department of Defense Military Standard 810F for durability and is rich in capabilities, featuring the first dedicated, two-way emergency SOS button on a satellite phone. The phone leads the market in its offering of online tracking portals, with fully integrated GPS and location-based service (LBS) capabilities for web-based location identification and tracking of friends, loved ones or employees. Iridium Extreme delivers reliability, safety and peace of mind everywhere.

“Once again, Iridium is enabling connections that matter, in places and ways never before possible, and now very cost-effectively,” said Joel Thompson, Vice President of Product Management, Iridium. “Our ability to bundle email and web connectivity with Iridium AxcessPoint makes it one step easier for our customers to reach work, family and friends anywhere.”

Compatibility
Iridium Mail & Web service is exclusively available while using the Iridium network through the Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi device, which is compatible with the Iridium 9555 and new Iridium Extreme handsets.

Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software is being developed for compatibility across a broad range of operating systems, including:

  •     Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
  •     Apple Macintosh OSX
  •     Apple iOS for compatibility with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices (availability expected by the end of 2011)

Additionally, web-browsing acceleration will be available to Android users through designated proxy servers.

Pricing and Availability
Iridium Mail & Web is free to Iridium subscribers when used with the required Iridium AxcessPoint Wi-Fi device. Standard airtime charges apply for use over the Iridium network. Users can immediately download the software needed to access the service from Iridium.com by going to http://www.iridiumaxcesspoint.com.

Iridium AxcessPoint is immediately available from Global Marine Networks at http://www.globalmarinenet.com/iridium-axcesspoint-wifi-device.php . For more information on Iridium AxcessPoint, and Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web software, visit http://www.iridiumaxcesspoint.com.

About Global Marine Networks, LLC
Global Marine Networks (GMN), the leaders in advancing satellite data speeds and services, helps Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services providers and their customers by offering the industry’s fastest, most reliable and easy-to-use E-mail, web, and other hardware and software services to maritime, oil and gas, first responder and business continuity users. The company’s products include high-speed satellite email, weather and oceanographic data software, satellite data control routers, vessel tracking systems, and ship to shore communications solutions for users of satellite and wireless data services.

GMN has numerous awards and certifications for technical innovation and holds pending patents on its products. For more information on how GMN is Making Airtime Count™ - whether ship to shore, or in remote or emergency communications environments visit http://www.globalmarinenet.com.

About Iridium
Iridium Communications Inc. (Iridium) is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network – Iridium NEXT. Iridium is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock) and IRDMW ($7.00 warrants). For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit http://www.iridium.com.

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