How to turn your Android or iPhone smartphone into a satellite phone

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I find it just weird that there is cellphone coverage on the top of the Mount Everest and still I get signal dead shots in my neighbourhood. One way to get the guaranteed mobile coverage anywhere in the world is have a satellite phone, and now you can transform any smartphone you own into a satellite phone by just sliding it into a smartphone case.

Yes, you heard it right, you do not need any dedicated satellite phone anymore. All you need is a Thuraya SatSleeve.

Apart from the support to making calls and SMS messaging, this latest SatSleeves also have a satellite data functionalities for instant messaging, emails, browsing and all your interenet needs.

By the way, calls and data are defenately going to cost you an arm and a leg (you shouldn’t be surprised if it adds up to several dollars a minute based on where you want to use your handset). But for all those time of emergency when you just have to receive or make a call, nothing beats a satellite phone.

This SatSleeve comes in three flavors:

  • SatSleeve for Android: This is an Adaptor for Samsung Galaxy S4 inside this package (adaptors for Samsung Galaxy S5 and S3 are also available from Thuraya Service Partners)
  • SatSleeve for iPhone: This is an Adaptor for iPhone 5s/5 inside the package (adaptors for iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 4/4s are also available from Thuraya Service Partners)
  • SatSleeve+: This is a  universal sleeve compatible with a wide variety of iPhones and Android devices.

The SatSleeve also has a built-in rechargeable battery to extend battery life of the smartphone, and there is an optional solar charger for those who need it and also for those extreme adventure situations.

The SatSleeve isn’t cheap – it costs around $499 – but if you need coverage where there isn’t a ground-based carrier service, this could very well be what you need.

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