Thuraya, a UAE-based mobile satellite services operator, has launched an updated version of its SatSleeve adaptor designed for Android-based smartphones.
The adaptor, which is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, allows Samsung Galaxy users to turn their smartphone into a satellite phone to make phone calls, send SMS messages and access apps via Thuraya’s satellite network when they are unable to connect to a terrestrial GSM network.
Thuraya SatSleeve eliminates the need for carrying a separate satellite phone. Users dock their Android smartphone into the Thuraya SatSleeve and operate it normally via Thuraya’s satellite network. SatSleev’s built-in SOS button allows users to call one predefined number without their smartphone attached. Users can send SMS messages, send and receive email, and access popular social media and instant messaging apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Randy Roberts, VP of innovation at Thuraya, said: “This latest release of the SatSleeve illustrates Thuraya’s focus on market needs by addressing the installed base of Android devices and enables us to provide easy access to satellite services for our Android customers.
“Thuraya is progressively working to provide our users with flexible choices for their satellite communication needs when they are travelling or working from areas unserved by terrestrial networks. Whether our customers need connectivity through voice or data services, we are there to keep them connected.”