I find it pretty weird that there's cellphone coverage on the top of Mount Everest, yet there are loads of dead spots in my neighborhood. One way to get guaranteed cellphone coverage anywhere in the world is to own a satellite phone, and now you can transform your existing smartphone into a satellite phone by just sliding it into a case.
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Yes, that's right, you no longer need a dedicated satellite phone. What you need is a Thuraya SatSleeve.
Just slide on the sleeve, and BINGO! You have a satellite phone.
In addition to offering support for calls and SMS messaging, the latest SatSleeves also have satellite data functionalities for emails, instant messaging, browsing and so on.
Yes, calls and data are going to cost you an arm and a leg (don't be surprised if it adds up to several dollars a minute depending on where you want to use your handset). But for those time when you just have to make - or receive - that call, nothing beats a satellite phone.
The SatSleeve comes in three flavors:
The SatSleeve also features a built-in rechargeable battery to extend the battery life of your smartphone, and there's an optional solar charger for those times your adventures take you far from a power socket.
The SatSleeve isn't cheap - it costs around $499 - but if you need coverage where there isn't a ground-based carrier service, this could very well be what you need.