September 29, 2013
SatSleeve turns iPhone into satellite phone
A new device that turns iPhones into satellite phones promises to cut the cost and hassle of satellite phone calls for business customers with workers in remote locations. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The device - a sleeve equipped with a satellite SIM card and antenna - can be used anywhere within the Thuraya satellite footprint, including Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe, as an alternative to global roaming on cellular networks and is being sold by Optus.
The SatSleeve attaches to the iPhone 4 or 4s. A free app uses the phone's contacts and the sleeve's SIM card to make calls and send text messages. Optus says the sleeve extends the battery life of the iPhone.
Optus expects business customers across mining, gas, agriculture, government, emergency services and rural services would be interested in the lower-priced alternative for their fly-in-fly-out and remote workforce. Satellite phones usually cost more than $1000 each, while the sleeve costs about $690.
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