How To Turn Your iPhone Into Satellite Phone

Optus today confirms the availability of Thuraya SatSleeve, which enables iPhone users to turn their handsets into a satellite phone with a slide and click. Users can access all of their contacts in the iPhone address book to make satellite calls and send SMSs, without having to carry a second device.

Optus today confirms the availability of Thuraya SatSleeve, which enables iPhone users to turn their handsets into a satellite phone with a slide and click. Users can access all of their contacts in the iPhone address book to make satellite calls and send SMSs, without having to carry a second device.

 

Optus’ 3G mobile network now reaches 98 per cent of Australia’s population. With the Thuraya SatSleeve, customers working in or travelling through the most remote areas of the country will be able to add a satellite voice and SMS connection to their iPhone. The Thuraya SatSleeve also doubles as a backup battery for the iPhone to enable extended talk and standby time, so users can keep in touch for longer, until they reach the next town or station.

 

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite said , “The need to stay in touch is vitally important for our customers in remote and rural areas, especially mining and agricultural businesses, as well as government and not-for-profit organisations, whose teams in the field need to remain in contact.

 

“Thuraya SatSleeve provides cost-effective satellite connectivity for Optus Business customers with iPhone users, combined with ease of access to all of their important contacts without having to carry multiple devices.”

 

Safety in remote areas is paramount, so the Thuraya SatSleeve features an SOS button that allows users to make a call to a pre-programmed number of their choice, even if the iPhone is not connected to the SatSleeve.

 

Connecting to Thuraya satellites, customers will be able to get satellite phone coverage right across Australia, Asia, Middle East, Europe and most of Africa with one integrated device. The Thuraya SatSleeve snaps onto the back of an iPhone 4 or 4S and can be quickly activated via the SatSleeve app, available as a free download from the iTunes store. An adapter for the iPhone 5 and 5s will be available for customers soon.

The Thuraya SatSleeve is priced at $690, however no pricing on calls has been released.

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