Africa (prepaid)

iridium africa prepaid plan

Africa prepaid service plan.


The Africa plan provides the best value for calls within the specified region. Calls originating from the Africa region to international locations are priced at only $0.60/min. The Africa plan restricted to the land territory of the countries listed below and to 12 nautical miles offshore.

The Africa plan benefits include:

  • Lower per minute rate then global plans
  • No contract
  • No activation fee
  • Rollover. Balance may be preserved during recharge

Africa prepaid bundles

7,200 units
14,400 units
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7,200 units
1 year
/ 1 year
for 1 Line + taxes & fees
Includes 1-year $109.50 line access fee and 7,200-unit voucher for $180.00. Read more
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14,400 units
2 years
/ 2 year
for 1 Line + taxes & fees
Includes 2-year $219.00 line access fee and 14,400-unit voucher for $360.00. Read more
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1 year
2 year

Top-UP vouchers

Extension vouchers

Voucher Price
7,200-unit voucher (valid for 1 year) $289.50
14,400-unit voucher (valid for 2 year) $579.00

Africa Burn Rates

(Rates are listed in USD. Calls are charged in 20-second increments.)


Feature Value per 20 seconds
Units USD
Iridium to Landline or Cellular
8 units $0.20
Iridium to Iridium
6 units $0.15
Iridium to Inmarsat, Thuraya, Globalstar
108 units $2.70
Check Voicemail
6 units $0.15
Iridium to Customer Service (6666)
0 units FREE
Iridium to Check balance (2888)
0 units FREE


Feature Value per 20 seconds
Units USD
From Landline or Cellular via Toll-bypass number1
12 units $0.30
From Landline or Cellular via direct dial +8816-xxxx-xxxx2
0 units FREE
From Iridium via direct dial +8816-xxxx-xxxx
0 units FREE


Feature Value per 20 seconds
Units USD
Dial-up to Landline
8 units $0.20
Dial-up to Iridium
16 units $0.40
Iridium to Direct Internet GO!3
16 units $0.40
Iridium to Direct Internet4
16 units $0.40


Feature Value per 20 seconds
Units USD
From Landline via direct dial +8816-xxxx-xxxx2
0 units FREE
From Iridium via direct dial +8816-xxxx-xxxx
0 units FREE

SMS (text messaging)

Feature Value per message
Units USD
Send SMS
(160 characters per message)
12 units $0.30
Receive SMS
0 units FREE

1 Toll-bypass number (2-stage) is a public access number that allows callers to bypass the local telephone company's high international telephone rates. Use USA 2-stage access to call an Iridium sat phone. Calls placed using this number are charged to the receiver at $0.90 per minute.

2 Incoming calls placed to an Iridium phone directly by dialing +8816-XXXX-XXXX from a landline or mobile phone are FREE to the recipient. Instead, they are charged to the caller by their local telephone services provider AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Boost USA at premium international rates. These charges may range from $6 - $10 per minute. Use a Toll-bypass number to call an Iridium phone to prevent high costs.

3 ISU-Direct Internet GO! Data call type restricted to calls made from the Iridium GO!® unit using the Iridium GO!® Prepaid voucher type to the Iridium GO!® dedicated dial-up calling destination number only (88160000330).

4 DI (Direct Internet), Iridium's exclusive service, is not designed to browse the internet. It is a specialty product for use with particular applications.

Africa Regional Plan Coverage Map

Make and receive calls

Receiving calls only

No Service

The Africa Region includes the countries listed below plus 12 nautical miles into coastal waters.

Due to the small geographical size and/or location of islands included in this list, calls may be interpreted by the system as originating from international waters and calls may be restricted. Therefore, the Africa rate or service availability is not guaranteed for these areas.

Western Africa

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde
  • The Gambia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo

Eastern Africa

  • Burundi
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Juan de Nova Island
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Middle Africa

  • Angola
  • Cameroon
  • CAR
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • DRC
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • São Tomé and Príncipe

Northern Africa

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

Southern Africa

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • South Africa (inc
    Prince Edward Island)

U.S. government regulations forbid Iridium Satellite and/or its affiliates from offering equipment or providing the Iridium service in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria, nor to any entity identified in the "Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons" list maintained by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The Restricted Africa voucher will only work on land in Africa and up to 12 nautical miles off shore due to the Africa geo-restriction. Calls placed from outside of the Africa region will not be connected.

Supported Iridium Devices

Iridium 9575

Iridium 9555

Iridium GO!

Iridium 9522B

Iridium 9505A

Motorola 9505

Motorola 9500

Iridium 9522A

Iridium Sailor SC4000