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Iridium Extreme

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Satellite phone maker Iridium has taken a big step forward with its ruggedly built, smaller-than-ever Iridium Extreme. The Extreme is even more versatile than the company’s reigning favorite, the 9555, and is the first pocket-sized satellite telephone to carry a built-in GPS receiver with tracking capability and a programmable distress function. The unit includes an ergonomic housing that is water-resistant and dustproof, earning it an 810F military ruggedness rating. Users can store up to 100 phone numbers and, with the addition of Iridium’s AxcessPoint hardware, can turn the Extreme into a portable Wi-Fi hot spot. The Extreme harnesses Iridium’s proven global voice and data satellite system, and offers plenty of day-to-day value to both racers and cruisers. In addition to providing voice, e-mail and position-tracking connectivity with those at home, the Extreme, which includes a dedicated programmable SOS button, will be invaluable in emergency situations.  $1,375. Iridium Communications Inc., iridiumextreme.com


 

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