Thuraya launches ‘dual mode’ phone
Abu Dhabi, March 7, 2012
Leading mobile satellite operator, Thuraya, has launched an advanced dual mode handheld phone that features both GSM and satellite capabilities.
The company said the introduction of this unique phone, branded XT-DUAL, makes it the only satellite operator to offer seamless communications as the phone provides consumers the flexibility and freedom to switch between GSM and satellite modes whenever needed.
The XT-DUAL operates efficiently as a standard GSM phone within the reach of terrestrial networks, and when out of network reach operates as a satellite phone supported by Thuraya’s network.
“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 Samer Halawi, CEO, Thuraya.
The phone has a built-in web browser for direct internet access and offers the fastest data service on any satellite enabled handheld at 60 kbit/s, the statement said.
The XT-DUAL is an extension of the Thuraya XT phone which is renowned for being the world’s toughest satellite phone, the statement said. It 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 also be connected to a laptop/PC for internet access and synchronisation purposes, it said.
Thuraya has roaming agreements with 324 operators covering 154 countries. – TradeArabia News Service