Thuraya SatSleeve turns Apple's iPhone into a satellite phone

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in iPhone edited May 2014
Mobile satallite operator Thuraya Telecommunications on Wednesday announced SatSleeve, a "Made for iPhone" adapter that grants users access to the company's vast satellite network.

SatSleeve


The system, which includes an iPhone holder that docks into a separate satellite communications unit, allows iPhone owners to place voice calls and send text messages nearly anywhere in the world. Athough Thuraya's sat coverage doesn't include North and South America, the company has set up roaming deals with terrestrial mobile network operators in the region, including those compatible with the iPhone's supported bandwidths.





Billed as "the world's first satellite adaptor for the iPhone," most of the heavy lifting is done by the satcom "dock" which transmits and receives the satellite signal and relays it to the iPhone via Bluetooth. The docking sleeve also has a button that can be programmed to dial one emergency number even with iPhone unattached.

Thuraya's SatSleeve is available now for $499 plus satellite airtime fees which run between $0.75 to $1.25 per minute. Currently, only the iPhone 4 and 4S is supported, though a Lightning-enabled iPhone 5 version is expected to see release next month.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,549moderator
    That's what Apple should do with their billions: buy a satellite. Just over $1b:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/02/buythissatellite_project_what_happened_next/

    Worldwide coverage, international calls. Because they make the money on the service plans, they make the phones cheaper. They'd have to sort out the aerial design of course and there might be a bit of latency. Competitors might try to interfere with it too. It would at least be a nice option to have.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    chabigchabig Posts: 640member


    Apple couldn't do much with a single satellite. Worldwide coverage--no. Compatible with existing phones--no.

  • Reply 3 of 6
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    Marvin wrote: »
    That's what Apple should do with their billions: buy a satellite. Just over $1b:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/02/buythissatellite_project_what_happened_next/

    Worldwide coverage, international calls. Because they make the money on the service plans, they make the phones cheaper. They'd have to sort out the aerial design of course and there might be a bit of latency. Competitors might try to interfere with it too. It would at least be a nice option to have.

    One satellite isn't going to get you worldwide coverage. This gadget is rather nice, $499 isn't bad considering many sat phones cost twice that.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,549moderator
    chabig wrote: »
    Apple couldn't do much with a single satellite. Worldwide coverage--no. Compatible with existing phones--no.

    True, at most 3 and maybe they'd get away with 2 if they cut out ocean coverage. They'd have to design compatibility into a future model of phone. It would have to work well for data too.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    Originally Posted by Marvin View Post

    True, at most 3 and maybe they'd get away with 2 if they cut out ocean coverage. They'd have to design compatibility into a future model of phone. It would have to work well for data too.


     


    The latency would make multiplayer games almost impossible, and even voice call experience would be diminished noticeably (though not at all greatly). 


     


    Still, I do like the idea.

  • Reply 6 of 6
    taalztaalz Posts: 1member
    Thuraya SatSleeve is really a game changer in the Satellite Industry. It is available for Android as well not and works for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. The first version of Thuraya SatSleeve was voice only, but later the released the voice/data version. You can check out for more details with Cygnus Telecom. They are located in Dubai but can deliver you Thuraya products almost anywhere in the world at a very affordable cost. You can visit their website, CygnusTelecom.com and ask them for the details. They will surely help you out in this regard.
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