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Inmarsat BGAN Prepaid Airtime: 500 Units


500 units.
180 day validity.
Per-MB cost: $7.39.
Per-Minute cost: $0.74.

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BGAN Prepaid Airtime: 500 Units

BGAN Prepaid Airtime 500 Units500 units of BGAN prepaid airtime with a 180 day validity period. A GMN SIM card is required for all airtime purchased with GMN. Airtime minutes are sold separately.

First time buying BGAN satellite phone airtime? Good news! We’ll waive the price of the SIM card when you purchase airtime at the same time. Please choose your preferred BGAN prepaid airtime card and make sure to check that you need a new SIM card.

Validity Period

180 days

Burn Rate

The voice burn rate for BGAN prepaid airtime is 1 unit per minute of voice time. This means that for a 500 unit card, if you used the card exclusively for voice calls, you will have approximately 500 minutes of airtime and each minute will cost about $0.74.

The data burn rate for BGAN prepaid airtime is 10 units per MB of data. This means that for a 500 unit card, if you used the card exclusively for data connections, you would have approximately 50 MB of data and each MB would cost about $7.39.


The burn rate for BGAN prepaid airtime is 0.5 units per minute. This means that each SMS will cost approximately $0.37 each.

Activation Fee

There is no activation fee! The $50 activation fee for this service plan is waived!

Need to activate your airtime? You can do so here:

Request Airtime Activation

Compatible Equipment

This card works with the following devices:

Inmarsat Coverage Area for BGAN Prepaid Airtime

This card will give you great voice quality and satellite coverage up to 70° latitude.


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Quick Airtime FAQ

When Does My Validity Period Start?

The validity period for your airtime starts when you request activation of your airtime, and the activation goes through, not when you purchase the airtime. We ship SIM cards unactivated for security purposes, so you do need to request activation of your airtime in order to start using it.

Need to activate your airtime? You can do so here:

Request Airtime Activation

How Long Does Activation Take?

Typically, activation takes only a matter of a couple of hours (or less), but sometimes there are delays in Inmarsat’s system and activation can take up to 48 hours. Just to be on the safe side, we recommend requesting activation 48 hours prior to when you will actually need the airtime, just in case there are some delays in the system.

How Can I Add More Minutes To My Airtime or Extend My Validity Period?

Adding more minutes to your airtime is very easy. Simply call or email us requesting more minutes be added to your SIM card and, as long as we have a valid credit card on file for you, we can easily add more minutes to your SIM card. Extending your validity period can be achieved by purchasing more minutes (which will extend all your minutes to the new expiration date).

If My Minutes Expire and I Need More Airtime, Do I Need a New SIM Card?

If you reach the end of your validity period, you will lose your minutes. You can add more minutes to your Inmarsat SIM card whenever you need: Inmarsat SIM cards do not ever expire.

Coverage Area for Inmarsat Airtime

The coverage area for Inmarsat airtime encompasses a large portion of the earth. Inmarsat’s satellites are geo-stationary above the earth’s equator and offer good coverage up to 70° latitude. Because the satellites are stationed above the equator, you may need to position your satellite phone’s antenna in the direction of the satellite from your location in order to get a signal.

Inmarsat Coverage Map


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