Thuraya SG-2520


Thuraya SG-2520
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Thuraya SG-2520
Manufacturer Thuraya
Page By JanVanGenk
Page Type Aug 6, 2007 / Jun 12, 2009
Object ID 3639
Hits 7827

Product Description

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:
Sattrans USA
Satcom Group

Coverage maps:
Map 1
Map 2

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



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JanVanGenk - Aug 6, 2007 12:37 pm - Voted 5/5

Finally a sat phone which catches up with technology;)

Superb voice quality. Loads of extras. I recommend to have an extra battery, especially if extensively using the phone's features.

nkroup - Dec 3, 2007 11:41 am - Hasn't voted

Very nice descripton
Do you have a SG-2520 phone ?
Are you satisfied?

JanVanGenk - Dec 5, 2007 3:44 am - Voted 5/5

Re: Very nice descripton
Yes, I own a SG-2520 and so far I'm satisfied. The initial software version has some growing pains (I've had phone crashing twice), hopefully these will be removed by the upgrades.


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