MagnaStar Owners Weigh Options

 - September 12, 2006, 12:19 PM

It didn’t take long for Iridium resellers to start targeting MagnaStar customers after Verizon Airfone’s July announcement that it plans to exit the general aviation business. AirCell last month introduced Axxess EZ, a two-channel Iridium satcom system that is intended as a direct replacement for the old MagnaStar phones. The system uses the same wiring and includes wireless capability for buyers who also choose to add a broadband satellite Internet connection. International Communications Group, another Iridium hardware seller, last month said it is offering single- and dual-channel satcom systems that interface with MagnaStar equipment through a MagnaStar avionics interface unit. Service provider Satcom Direct, meanwhile, introduced PlaneSimple, an Inmarsat calling plan targeted at the 4,000 MagnaStar customers who will be without service when Verizon pulls the plug on December 4.