Introduction

The Thuraya satellite network and its line-up of cutting-edge satellite phone devices rank among the top in the market today. With three flagship handsets to choose from, Thuraya offers satellite connectivity to EMEA & APAC regions in the form of the world’s first satellite smart phone, a handset with one of the longest battery lives, and another, fully-capable, but very wallet-friendly handset that’s perfect for cost-conscious users looking for reliable connectivity.

Thuraya Satellite Phone Models

Unlike other satellite phone companies who may not offer as many handset options, Thuraya still have three solid contenders on the market, each of which with their own set of advantages. Below is a quick look at each model and their key features:

Thuraya XT-LITE Satellite Phone

  • Basic Connectivity: The Thuraya XT-LITE satellite phone is an entry-level handset designed for users who primarily need voice communication and text messaging. It offers basic connectivity in remote and challenging environments.
  • Compact and Durable: Renowned for its compact and rugged design, the XT-LITE is suitable for outdoor adventures, remote travel, and emergency situations.
  • Affordability: The XT-LITE is typically more budget-friendly compared to other satellite phones, making it an accessible option for occasional or budget-conscious users.
  • Limited Data Capability: It has limited data capabilities, so it's not ideal for data-intensive tasks like internet browsing.

Thuraya XT PRO Satellite Phone

  • Advanced Features: The Thuraya XT-PRO is a more advanced satellite phone designed for users who require not only voice and text communication but also data services. It offers faster data speeds compared to the XT-LITE.
  • Rugged and Waterproof: Like the XT-LITE, the XT-PRO is built to withstand harsh environments, and it is also waterproof, making it suitable for marine and outdoor use.
  • Additional Features: It may include features such as GPS navigation, SOS capabilities, and Bluetooth for hands-free use. These features enhance its usability for adventurers, professionals, and remote workers.

Thuraya X5 Touch Satellite Phone

  • Smartphone-Like Experience: The Thuraya X5-Touch satellite phone is a groundbreaking model that combines satellite communication with a smartphone-like experience. It runs on the Android operating system, providing access to a wide range of apps and services.
  • Touchscreen Interface: It features a touchscreen interface, which makes it more intuitive and user-friendly, especially for those accustomed to smartphones.
  • Voice, Data, and Messaging: The X5-Touch supports voice calls, text messaging, and data services, making it a versatile choice for both voice and data communication.
  • High-Resolution Camera: Some versions of the X5-Touch may include a high-resolution camera, making it useful for various applications beyond communication, such as documenting fieldwork.

Considerations For Getting the Right Thuraya Sat Phone

When choosing the right Thuraya satellite phone, there are several important considerations to keep in mind to ensure that the device meets your specific needs and requirements. Here are the top five key factors to consider:

  • Coverage Area: Thuraya operates in specific regions, so it is crucial to verify that the phone you choose provides coverage in the areas where you plan to use it. Thuraya's coverage does not extend to North or South America, for example, so be sure not to purchase a phone if you are travelling to either of those regions.
  • Purpose of Use: Determine the primary purpose of using the satellite phone. Is it for emergency communication, outdoor adventures, remote work, or something else? Different models offer varying features and capabilities suited to different purposes.
  • Communication Needs: Consider your communication needs. Do you primarily need voice calls and text messages, or do you also require data connectivity for email or internet access? Choose a phone model that aligns with your communication requirements.
  • Durability: If you'll be using the satellite phone in rugged or extreme environments, prioritize durability. Look for models that are ruggedized, waterproof, and built to withstand harsh conditions.
  • Battery Life: Battery life is critical, especially in remote areas where charging options may be limited. Evaluate the phone's battery life and consider carrying spare batteries or solar chargers if necessary.

Comparing Thuraya Phone Plans

In order to use a Thuraya satellite phone you must make sure there is enough airtime loaded onto it, otherwise you may not be able to make or take calls or data connections. Applying airtime is done either on a pay-as-you-go basis or by signing up to monthly contracts. It’s just like paying for airtime on your smartphone, you just need to decide which plan to go for. At GTC, monthly plans start from $49 a month and scale up to $63 at which point you can enjoy free Thuraya-to-Thuraya satellite calls up to 1,000 minutes per month.

User Reviews and Recommendations

Our customers come from all over the world and use our devices for many different reasons. One particular customer rated the Thuraya X5 Touch satellite phone 5/5 and said the following:

“Never having used a sat phone before, I was impressed with the quality of build. Both the hardware and Multi-SIM software works well, (even when you're several miles away from a Terrestrial Mast), it's rugged and subtle, with no 'Bling'. Barely any bigger than the current 'Street' smart phones (& hard to tell one from the other), it comfortably outperforms them in every respect, and although not 'cheap as chips' i'm very pleased with it indeed! - Rather than as a Fashion item, Technology has a price, & if it was lost or stolen, i'd not hesitate to buy another.. 8-) FIVE STARS!"

Accessories and Add-Ons

Thuraya offers a range of accessories and add-ons to enhance the functionality and usability of their satellite phones. These accessories are designed to cater to various needs and situations. Here are some of the top accessories and add-ons available for Thuraya satellite phones:

  • External Antennas: External antennas can boost signal strength in areas with weak satellite coverage. They come in various forms, including vehicle-mounted antennas and docking stations.
  • Spare Batteries: Having spare batteries ensures that your satellite phone remains operational, especially in remote areas without access to electricity. Extra batteries can be crucial for extended trips.
  • Solar Chargers: Solar chargers are an eco-friendly way to keep your satellite phone charged when traveling off-grid. They harness solar energy to recharge the phone's battery.
  • Car Chargers: Car chargers are essential for keeping your satellite phone powered while on the move. They plug into your vehicle's power outlet (cigarette lighter) to charge the device.

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