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July 21, 2014

Inmarsat IsatPhone Airtime Rate Increases

Inmarsat has quietly announced IsatPhone burn rate and price increases for both prepaid and postpaid airtime. 

We've contacted our GMN customers about the increases (haven't heard from us? Please let us know). 

IsatPhone Pro Airtime Price Increase

We had heard about this awhile back, but now it's certain: your IsatPhone airtime is going up. 

The tricky thing here is that Inmarsat isn't grandfathering in any existing minutes or plans. That's right. It doesn't matter if you bought your airtime back when airtime was even less expensive than it is now: your airtime is going up. 

How IsatPhone Pro Prepaid Airtime Will Change

For prepaid customers, what changes is not the price you paid (that's not going to change) but what Inmarsat calls the burn rate. 

Right now the burn rate for IsatPhone Pros is 1 unit = 1 minute of talk time. Buying a 25 unit prepaid airtime card means that you get 25 minute of talk time. Easy, right? 

Starting September 1st, the burn rate is going to go from 1 unit = 1 minute to 1.3 units = 1 minute. So that same 25 unit prepaid airtime card is going to get you 19 minutes of talk time, instead of the 25 minutes you get right now.

How IsatPhone Pro Postpaid Airtime Will Change

IsatPhone Pro postpaid airtime isn't going to have a burn-rate increase...but prices are going up. Inmarsat is also discontinuing their postpaid humanitarian plans. 

Price changes are expected to be as follows (subject to change):

IsatPhone Pro Standard Plan

Current price: $33.95 per month
New price: $39.99 per month

IsatPhone Pro Allowance 20

Current price: $39.95
New price: $46.99 per month

IsatPhone Pro Allowance 60

Current price: $61.95
New price: No change 

What Can You Do To Avoid the Price Increases?

There is an option available to avoid the airtime price increases and burn-rate increases:

  1. Use all your airtime before September 1st. 

Have Questions?

We’re experts at satellite airtime and can help make sure you have the right plan. For more information about the specific plans and rates offered by the carriers, feel free to get in contact with us

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