Satellite Phone Instructions

December 28, 2013 to January 9, 2014

We will be using a satellite phone while in Costa Rica for EMERGENCIES ONLY. Our coverage can be questionable depending on weather conditions, etc. In general we will not leave the phone on all of the time, but will check the voicemail and text messages at least once a day.

Phone Number:  8816-314-24081

There are two ways to leave a message for anyone in the group:

1) Text Messages:  The best way will be via text messaging, where you may send an email message and leave text messages of up to /_160 characters_/ for free. This option is better than leaving voice mail because it is less expensive for the sender (your friends and family) and less expensive for the receiver (our group). In order to leave a text message, follow the instructions below:

Step One: Go to: www.Iridium.com <http://www.iridium.com/>

Step Two: Click on the link at the top of the page that says “*Send Satellite message”.*

Step Three: The Website will direct you to a new page. On that new page type in our satellite number (8816-314-24081) into the section marked “To”. In the “Message” section you can type in a message up to 160 characters.

Step Four: Once you complete the message, it can be sent by clicking on the "Send Message" button.

2) Voice Mail:  If for some reason, someone at home cannot use the text message option they can also call and leave a voicemail. If calling from any location in the United States, you will need to dial 011 first. So you will dial:  011 8816-314-24081

Calling a satellite phone is very expensive and will run anywhere between 6-12 dollars per minute.

Note:  This phone will not be available for students to make outgoing calls unless it is an on the ground EMERGENCY. Students on this trip should use their own calling cards for making standard phone calls ---such as calling home to let family know they have arrived safely.