Short Burst Data Service Plans

Iridium SBD Data Plans

Ground Control offers Iridium SBD airtime both as a pay-as-you-go tariff, and as an annual contract for companies planning a larger (100+) deployment of devices.

Our pay-as-you-go tariffs offer great flexibility for development purposes, and are available for the RockBLOCK 9602 and RockBLOCK 9603 plug-and-play satellite transceivers, the RockSTAR personal tracking device, RockFLEET vehicle tracking device, and the RockAIR aircraft tracking device.

Our annual contracts are compatible with all Iridium SBD devices. We offer low-cost tariffs, access to our web-based interface, Cloudloop, and a fully featured API. Please contact us for a quote if you are interested in an annual contract.

Pay-as-you-go SBD tariffs

For Ground Control products

No annual contract required

Line rental allows the SBD device to exchange information with the Iridium satellite network.

Credits are used each time you transmit. One credit is used per 50 bytes (or part thereof) of message sent or received. One credit is also used if you check your mailbox and there are no messages waiting (a mailbox check).

  • Line rental is paid in blocks of one month
  • You only pay for months in which you wish to use the device
  • No annual contract is required
  • Credits only expire if you don't use your account at all for 12 months
  • Credits are pooled between all of the devices on your account

Line Rental

RockBLOCK Range

Includes access to our basic management system for managing your devices

£12.00 ($17.00) per month

Line Rental


Includes access to our CORE management system, which is much more feature-rich (this is also available as a £5 / $7 upgrade for RockBLOCK users)

£17.00 ($24.00) per month

Line Rental

Hybrid Services

If you are utilising our hybrid satellite and cellular tracking services, available on the RockFLEET and RockAIR, monthly line rental is £27.00 / $37.00

£27.00 ($37.00) per month

Running Costs for Short Burst Data (SBD) Devices

Bundle Per Credit (GBP) Bundle Price (GBP)
50 Credits £0.14 £7.00
100 Credits £0.13 £13.00
200 Credits £0.11 £22.00
500 Credits £0.10 £50.00
1000 Credits £0.09 £90.00
2000 Credits £0.08 £160.00
5000 Credits £0.07 £350.00
10000 Credits £0.06 £600.00
20000 Credits £0.045 £900.00

100% pole to pole coverage

Iridium has 66 satellites in orbit around Earth, allowing coverage anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No other satellite network has truly global pole-to-pole coverage. Messages sent via Iridium take just seconds to reach you, via email or directly to your web service.

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Devices to suit your needs

Ground Control offers a range of Short Burst Data Devices to suit your needs. Whether you’re on land, sea or air, transmitting data from remote locations for meteorological sensing or monitoring ocean drift patterns with data buoys, we have what you need.

Short Burst Data Range

Why buy your airtime from Ground Control?

Ground Control is a Tier 1 Iridium Reseller. We have been working with Iridium for over 10 years, and have extensive experience with commercial and government customers, as well as NGOs, charities and the scientific community. In short, you are in safe hands.

Please get in touch for more information or to set up an account – we are here to help and assist. For large deployments, we are often able to create custom tariffs and pricing schemes, so don’t hesitate to ask.

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