Thuraya Launches Dual-Mode Satellite & GSM Mobile Phone
Published on: 7th Mar 2012
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Satellite operator, Thuraya has launched a dual mode handheld phone that features both GSM and satellite capabilities.
The XT-DUAL operates as a standard GSM phone within the reach of terrestrial networks, and when out of terrestrial network reach operates as a satellite phone supported by Thuraya's network.
"Today marks yet another milestone for Thuraya as a leader and innovator in the mobile satellite industry. The XT DUAL is certainly a step ahead in satellite telephony and a solution that will transform mobile communications for years to come. The new phone ensures reliable and seamless communications in one very sleek unit, enabling consumers to benefit from the best of the two worlds of GSM and satellite," said Thuraya's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samer Halawi.
The Thuraya XT-DUAL is an extension of the Thuraya XT phone which is claimed to be the world's toughest satellite phone. As such, the XT-DUAL is also splash water, dust and impact protected due to its IP64/IK03 rating, making it a rugged handheld that endures tough conditions.
The new phone offers the comfort of free mobility without consumers having to worry about the direction of the satellite. Additionally, and like the XT phone, if the antenna of the handheld is stowed, satellite calls can still be received due to a High-Penetration-Alerting function.
In addition to the built-in web browser, the phone can be connected to a laptop/PC for internet access and can be synchronized with a laptop/PC.
As Thuraya is the only satellite operator to offer satellite roaming capabilities for GSM consumers, people on the move can choose either to use a Thuraya SIM card or access Thuraya's network by simply inserting their GSM SIM card into the XT-DUAL. Thuraya has roaming agreements with 324 operators covering 154 countries.