Covert a Cellphone into a Satelitte Phone


Crew can now keep in touch, however remote the location

Those crew who need to stay in touch by telephone while sailing out of mobile phone range, can now do so using a device that converts their cell phone into a handheld satellite phone.

SatSleeve+ from Thuraya, the international mobile satellite services operator, allows today’s generation of savvy sailors who need to stay connected and share their experiences, however remote their location.

To use and stay connected crew will need to place a Thuraya SIM card or a GSM SIM card into their smartphone. Cards are available from any of the 360+ Thuraya roaming partners worldwide.

New to the market, is the SatSleeve+ device, is a simple, sleek accessory that looks like a phone cover and clips easily onto a smartphone, turning it into satellite smartphones. Users can make calls, send emails and messages, and use their apps directly on their smartphone.

Also new onto the market is the SatSleeve Hotspot, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, making it easier to check in on emails, make that important phone call or post on social media wherever you are – the North Sea or Indian Ocean.

Both devices have an SOS button that connects to a pre-set number of choice if users find themselves in trouble. Crew can call for help safe in the knowledge that someone will get your call.

This is a must-have gadget for any seasoned traveller and adventurer. Each is perfect to have while travelling around some of the world’s most remote spots.

Both devices use Thuraya’s satellite network across 161 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Available on line through retailer Expansys, prices start from £400 before shipping and local taxes.