MIL Question for the Iraq Vets

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  1. Maffy29

    Maffy29 Active Member

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    So I might have the opportunity to aquire a satellite phone with a plan that is reasonable (going to split the cost with a couple guys in my unit). Is there anyone/anything that would stop me from taking this to Iraq with me?
     
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    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    Where are you going in Iraq? I know for a fact, without a doubt you'd regret it at Balad. Phones-a-plenty.
     
  3. Maffy29

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    I have no idea where we will be yet. I know the unit that we will be replacing though.

    I'm getting the phone for $250 and the plan will be like $75/mo for unlimited minutes. Sat phone costs have come down with celluar being some prevelant. I would also be sharing some of the costs with a couple other guys in my unit.
     
  4. Insdav3

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    Just wait until you get over there to see what your conditions are like. Also, I would follow up with your chain of command to see if it is okay. I know we got NJP'ed if we were found with a cell-phone even if we weren't using it :ugh2:
     
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    I'm in a Signal unit, but I will ask anyway.
     
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    tattooed_sailor New Member

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    Damn, I'd say that a non-encrypted sat phone would be a huge breach of opsec, but that is just me.
     
  7. FATBOY

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    What exactly in Signal do you do?

    I would say no to personal sat phones. Your unit might not approve due to OPSEC.
     
  8. Maffy29

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    Information Systems Analyst/Maintainence. I'm the admin for the Sharepoint server
     
  9. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    yeah, go ahead and try that and see how it works out for you.
     
  10. EBK

    EBK Hate hippies & hadjis

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    Don't do it man
     
  11. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    It depends on your unit. The unit we replaced had no policy about cellphones and a lot of the soldiers carried them around. Here on Liberty they are allowed, but Anaconda restricts them.

    I would not get a satphone that used a non-US carrier. And I would not use a regular cellphone at all, since any calls would be routed through the local cellphone network.
     
  12. bassjunky

    bassjunky I'm baaaaa-ack!

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    OPSEC should not be an issue; in theory. Every soldier should know they do not say a damn thing about what they are doing or where they are. But you know and I know there is always that one dumbass that has diarrhea of the mouth and blabs about something they aren't supposed to. Just use it to keep in touch with family and friends but do not say shit about day to day operations over there AT ALL PERIOD. I know people who use the local Iraqi cell phones with no issue. Just remember OPSEC and if your unit permits it, you will be fine.
     
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    Not permitted.

    On the same note a few guys in my unit got caught with a stolen gov Iridium about two weeks ago that they had been using for personal use.

    Sucks to be them.
     
  14. dura

    dura Guest

    Get a vonage type service if its possible to get intarweb to your CHU/living quarters or use DSN.
     
  15. Maffy29

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    I asked my SigO what he thought and his response was "hey thats not a bad idea"
     
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    i know of a few people that found they could just replace the SIMM card in their cell and use that with some provider.

    having said that, man up and deal with it
     
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    Just wait till someone actually sees you out there with it. Unless you have permission in writing from your chain of command your ass is gonna get gaped :naughty:
     
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    phones in iraq

    hey man, a sat phone is fine most anywhere here(i am deplyed as i speak)... i carry an iraqna cell phone that uses pre paid minutes.... as for opsec...you know what you can and cannot say. i looked into sat phones but i aint even seen one with that kinda cheap price.... what srvice you going through for $75/month unltd. minutes? hit me back with that info because this prepaid shit is suckin me dry at 37 cents a minute and the reception is not that good. and there is nothing that would prevent yu from bringing it here.-Peace!
     
  19. ozzy88m

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    go with a Iraq cell phone, i had one and it worked just fine
     

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