The previous version, launched earlier this year, made it possible to give phone calls and send SMS – and to receive both. This new edition now allows users to access e-mails and applications such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp.
Thuraya says that the SatSleeve is the world’s only satellite adaptor for the iPhone. Users can use their own device in satellite mode to not only call or text, but now also to send e-mails, post news updates on social media, or chat with their contacts via instant messaging apps.
“The new release of the SatSleeve, which now includes data, underscores our commitment towards delivering new and innovative mobile satellite products,” said Thuraya’s CEO Samer Halawi.
“Thuraya is powering ahead of the competition with our strong product innovation strategy focused on making satellite communications more accessible and user-friendly. Users today are increasingly relying on their smartphones to stay connected and we strongly believe in listening to them and to their requirements as we develop new mobile satellite products that align with their needs.”
The Dubai-based operator says that the SatSleeve can be used across its satellite network with coverage in over 140 countries. As far as the maritime industry is concerned, Thuraya’s satellites cover the busy routes between Asia and Europe, as well as the Middle East, though not transatlantic routes and trade in the Americas.
The Thuraya SatSleeve is available from September 10 from all Thuraya Service Partners, which should be contacted for information on pricing and airtime.