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Handsets
Kyocera
SS-66K SD-66K

Kyocera started production of satellite handsets for use on the Iridium communications network in 1998.

The Kyocera SS-66K and SD-66K were one of the 1st models used by the Iridium network after its creation.

Since the antenna retracts inside the handset when not in use, it was the most convenient Iridium phone to carry and hold. 

The Kyocera SS-66K Satellite Phone was a lighter alternative to the 9500 Motorola handset, ideal for any remote location.

The Kyocera SS-66K and SD-66K are not longer in production. Few used accessories may be available.

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Motorola
9500

The Motorola Satellite Series 9500 Portable Telephone was the first model of satellite phones released by satellite provider Iridium.

It was described  as ”a tool that transcended current communication offerings”. Despite its size, Motorola stated that it could offer “reliable satellite communications in the palm of your hand.”

The Motorola 9500 had a rugged design that was shock and dust resistant to cater for the extensive use cases anticipated for satellite phones being used in remote locations.

Battery life had a standby time of 16 hours and a two-hour talk-time. It could also support data transfer speeds of 2,400 bits per second (2.4 kbps)

This model is no longer in production and a rarity to find even used ones. Some accessories have been discontinued as well. Only aftermarket batteries are available. Used accessories are limited.

Motorola
9505

The Motorola Satellite Series 9505 was the second and final model of satellite phones produced by Motorola's Iridium project.

Manufactured from 1999 to 2002, the new design was smaller, lighter and more resistant to water, dust, and shock, making it more reliable under rugged conditions.

This new model also featured a longer battery life, making it more accessible for individuals in industrial or isolated conditions.

Battery life had a standby time of 36 hours (72 hours with ultra high capacity) and a 4 hours talk-time (7.6 hours with ultra high capacity). It could also support data transfer speeds of 2,400 bits per second (2.4 kbps) Some models supported SMS messages. 

This model is also no longer in production and used units are very rare. All accessories have been discontinued as well. Only aftermarket batteries are available. Used accessories are extremely limited.

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