Inmarsat to Launch U.S.-Based Global Pre-paid Satellite Voice, Data Service

[Satellite TODAY 08-22-12] MSS operator Inmarsat has unveiled global pre-paid satellite services for both voice and data through its pre-pay platform with the introduction of support for voice calls originating in the United States and its territories, the company announced Aug. 21.

   Inmarsat Pre-pay voice will be available Sept. 1 for all existing Inmarsat land and maritime services including IsatPhone Pro, BGAN, FleetBroadband and FleetPhone. Inmarsat said its recently signed agreement with Freedom Wireless Holdings makes the company the first mobile satellite provider in the world licensed to offer pre-paid voice services from the United States.
   “Many customers use satellite services across multiple markets and have been frustrated by being unable to use pre-paid services while in the United States and its territorial waters,” Inmarsat Solutions President Jim Parm said in a statement. “We are simplifying communications for our users. IsatPhone Pro users can now be contacted using a single phone number wherever they are located and use just one device for their global communications, while FleetBroadband customers can now travel in and out of U.S. territorial waters on pre-paid plans.”

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