How to turn your iPhone into a satellite phone

“I find it pretty weird that there’s cellphone coverage on the top of Mount Everest, yet there are loads of dead spots in my neighborhood,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet. “One way to get guaranteed cellphone coverage anywhere in the world is to own a satellite phone, and now you can transform your existing smartphone into a satellite phone by just sliding it into a case.”

“Yes, that’s right, you no longer need a dedicated satellite phone,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “What you need is a Thuraya SatSleeve.”

“Just slide on the sleeve, and BINGO! You have a satellite phone. In addition to offering support for calls and SMS messaging, the latest SatSleeves also have satellite data functionalities for emails, instant messaging, browsing and so on.,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Yes, calls and data are going to cost you an arm and a leg (don’t be surprised if it adds up to several dollars a minute depending on where you want to use your handset). But for those time when you just have to make — or receive — that call, nothing beats a satellite phone.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. 1 lil problema…..

    “Thuraya does not offer global coverage so please ensure that the region you wish to use the network in is available on the coverage map.”

    Isn’t the point of a sat phone is global coverage?

  2. This story would be a lot more compelling if the author had checked Thuraya’s satellite network coverage area — which seems like it doesn’t include North or South America:

    In North America, it looks like they’re dependent on GSM cellular roaming, so if you’re having trouble getting a cellular signal right now, this sleeve wouldn’t help you much.

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