Thuraya slides iPhone onto its satellite network with SatSleeve, charges it too

Despite the Gorilla glass, we're not sure if it's a great idea to bring that iPhone to K2. Still, if you can fire it up, you can now make satellite calls from Apple's iPhone 4 and 4s handsets thanks to Thuraya's SatSleeve. Always-on globetrotter types can slip one of those models into a cradle, dial their pals from virtually anywhere via the company's own satellite network and even place emergency calls without the handset. The device also includes a built-in battery pack to stretch call times by charging your phone -- though given satellite rates, you may get charged more than you think. Thuraya said that an iPhone 5 version's also in the works, but if you're okay with Cupertino's prior models, hit the break for more.

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Thuraya SatSleeve Brings Satellite Connectivity to the iPhone

The world's first satellite adaptor for the iPhone vastly expands the popular smartphone's network coverage and capabilities

DUBAI, UAE, March 20, 2013 – Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, announced today the launch of the Thuraya SatSleeve, a versatile and user-friendly device that brings satellite connectivity to the Apple® iPhone®.

A significant breakthrough in the mobile satellite industry, Thuraya SatSleeve is the world's first product to offer easy and affordable access to mobile satellite communications - delivered over Thuraya's extensive satellite network. Only slightly larger than the iPhone itself, the compact adaptor provides users with the ability to turn their iPhone into a satellite phone that allows them to have reliable connectivity beyond the coverage of traditional terrestrial networks.

Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya, said: The launch of Thuraya SatSleeve represents a major milestone and a game-changing innovation in the satellite industry. This is the first consumer friendly mobile satellite phone ever launched, which dramatically increases the reach to satellite telephony for enterprise, government, and everyday consumers alike. It provides iPhone® users with a versatile and highly affordable means of conducting phone calls and sending SMS via satellite from the world's most remote locations."

While iPhones are typically supported by terrestrial networks, Thuraya SatSleeve enables users to enjoy ubiquitous coverage even in the most remote environments. The Thuraya SatSleeve also serves as an important mobile communications tool for corporate users, especially enterprises operating in remote locations, explorers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts - ideal for prolonged expeditions that take these users deep into uncharted areas that are not served by terrestrial mobile networks.

Combining the innovation of Thuraya's mobile satellite products with the intuitive interface of the iPhone, Thuraya SatSleeve is a groundbreaking development that enables users to stay connected by voice and text over Thuraya's high-powered satellite network.

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.

Thuraya's superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company's diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit www.thuraya.com.