As Thuraya claims, "The SG-2520 is the only satellite smartphone in existence". Works in Thuraya's coverage area (see links below), and outside it through roaming system. Also functions with a GSM SIM card as an ordinary cellular phone. A new coverage area (planned by the end of 2007) will extend Thuraya's services into China, Indonesia, Australia.
Thuraya recently released a cheap tariff prepaid SIM-card, called ThurayaECO, with fixed call rates to landlines/cellular phones for 0.39 USD per minute (only for calls originating from 83 pre-specified countries).
- System: Satellite, GSM Tri-Band (900/1800/1900)
- Dimensions: 138.5 x 52 x 18.8 mm (h x w x d)
- Weight: 170 g
- Quick list: color display, GPS, camera (photo/video), MP3 player, built-in web browser, voice recorder, ...
A comprehensive list of features can be found here
Official website of Thuraya
Some service providers:
Buy Thuraya airtime online:
- Thuraya starts ThurayaLocate, a free of charge GPS locating service.
- ThurayaRecharge service is now available!
- January 15, 2008: Thuraya-3 satellite successfully launched to orbit by Sea Launch! Read more