It’s definitely not pretty, but like your mother and teachers said: don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The Iridium satellite phone, which I believe is largely owned my Motorola, is your barebones, white knuckle explorer, work any where phone. They’ve ditched the thrills of today’s handsets and managed a 99% connection rate. That means if your stranded at the peak of mount ‘wherever the f’ you are’, you can manage a call to get your frozen ass air lifted to safety. The 9555 boast a 27% reduction in weight over it’s predecessor (9505A) and rocks speakerphone, a brighter screen, SMS and email support.
I don’t know price, but I’m sure it ain’t cheap.