Why Iridium Is Ideal For Inflight Messaging

Iridium Satellite Connectivity Made Simple

“Messaging is one of the few things that people do more than social networking.”

Mark Zuckerberg

Messenger apps have become arguably the most important in a society saturated with smartphones. During 2014, the number of WhatsApp messages sent every day overtook the number of standard texts.

This is the rise of the messaging society and it’s here to stay.

People communicate when they move however when people board an aircraft and ascend to 45,000 feet all this changes.

Rise of the Messaging Society
Rise of the Messaging Society

As free messaging proliferates on the ground there is greater demand for aircraft owners and operators to facilitate passengers with cost-effective messaging in the sky.

The satellite communications company ideally suited to the messaging society is Iridium.


Iridium is a proven facilitator of voice and messaging communications across a range of industries such as maritime, aviation, oil, exploration, military, emergency and transportation. It’s so dependable that it’s used by the United States Department of Defense.

Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.
Department of Defense. Source: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

In July 2011, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ruling that approved the use of Iridium for the Future Air Navigation System (FANS). FANS trusts Iridium to facilitate the controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) as well as flight crew sending and receiving of messages.

Iridium has an impressive track record but what makes it so good for inflight messaging?

Iridium utilizes Short Burst Data (SBD)

According to Iridium, “SBD is a simple and efficient network transport capability for transmitting short data messaging between equipment and centralized host computer systems.”

You may ask why this is so significant?

Well, SBD is designed for short data messaging which means it’s already ideal for inflight text messaging. Despite this advantage the service has been cumbersome to use because a receiver of an Iridium delivered message is unable to reply from their device. Instead, they must access and reply via a computer web portal. But all this is about to change.

How Short Burst Data works
How Short Burst Data works Source: NetworkINV

Iridium is affordable

The SBD service delivered by Iridium not only provides an efficient means of transporting packets of data, but it also translates to a low cost per message. In fact, packets of data sent by passengers are so small that message costs are more or less comparative with what we experience on the ground.

It will cost you about 30c to send an international text message on the ground. In comparison, to send an inflight message to the ground with Iridium it will cost about 50c.

Iridium is future-proofed

Iridium is equipped to meet the messaging phenomenon now and in the future with its new worldwide satellite constellation called Iridium NEXT.

They say, “Iridium NEXT will dramatically enhance Iridium’s ability to meet the growing demand for global mobile communications on land, at sea and in the skies.”

Iridium NEXT
Iridium NEXT Source: Iridium

Any current Iridium customer can rest easy knowing that today’s systems are fully compatible with the next generation constellation.

Consumer costs are expected to decrease further as a result of this advancement. This means your cost per message could parallel that of the ground soon enough.

Can I get inflight messaging with Iridium?

You sure can. It’s easy enough to take advantage of the SBD messaging service.

For the reasons above, it’s obvious why BizjetMobile recommends Iridium services for inflight connectivity.

BizjetMobile uses an iPod as a Bluetooth Smart router combined with Iridium to deliver simple app-based messaging communications to the aircraft.

You will receive unlimited text and email connectivity for a low rate of $599 per month.

The system is called CHiiMP Smart and it’s the only Iridium connectivity platform in the world that connects up to 10 people simultaneously on both Apple and Android devices.

Stay ahead of the curve with CHiiMP Smart inflight messaging on Iridium.

Get CHiiMP Smart connectivity in the palm of your hand
Get the CHiiMP Smart App in the palm of your hand

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