Thuraya is one of the world’s leading satellite network providers, serving customers from around the world with reliable and consistent satellite coverage in remote and isolated regions. Their range of satellite phones is comprised of the XT-LITE, the XT Pro, and the world’s first satellite smartphone, X5 Touch.

Benefits of Using a Thuraya Satellite Phone

One of the most appealing things about owning a Thuraya satellite phone is that it doesn’t have to cost you the earth. Their highly popular XT LITE, for example, retails at £441.00 (ex. VAT) and comes packed full of features to keep users in touch with friends, family, or colleagues from remote regions. The XT LITE also has a great battery life, much like its touchscreen-ready sibling the X5 Touch who’s battery life is up to 11 hours of talk time and up to 100 hours of standby. A Thuraya satellite phone will not give up on you and is easy on the bank balance, making any of them the ideal comms solution for cost-conscious users on long-term excursions.

Thuraya’s Coverage and Network

For all of Thuraya’s market-leading features built-in to their satellite phones, the coverage Thuraya provides could be the pivotal area for customers, especially if they were planning to use the phone in the Americas, because Thuraya’s coverage only extends to EMEA & APAC. We would advise against taking a Thuraya phone to places like the polar regions and Greenland as well; users will almost certainly not be able to locate a signal in those regions.

Features to Consider When Choosing a Thuraya Satellite Phone

Depending on the type of trip you intend to take your Thuraya phone with you on will help you determine the type of features to look out for. For instance, if you are travelling into harsh environments, you may want to consider the XT Pro for its rugged composition and Gorilla® glass phone screen. Or the X5 Touch (which is also has a Gorilla glass screen), with its dual SIM slot for 2 nano SIMs, is ideal for those travelling in and out of terrestrial coverage, for example government NGO operatives, energy project workers, or enterprise communications.

Activating and Using a Thuraya Satellite Phone

Activating any SIM can be online through our website. We have made this process as easy as possible because it is a step all satellite phone users have to take before they can start making calls and using their satellite phone. Be sure to visit our activation page in order to get your phone ready for global communication.

Keeping Your Thuraya Satellite Phone Charged and Ready

Unlike today’s mobile smartphones where a lot of people charge them overnight, with a Thuraya satellite phone, particularly because their battery life is so much longer, they do no need charging as regularly. However, we would recommend charging them once a month so that they are ready when you need them. It is unlikely you will use your satellite phone for long periods at a time, so, the battery life should not drain anywhere near as quickly as an iPhone, for example.

Final Thoughts on Thuraya Satellite Phones

At GTC, we are always happy to recommend a Thuraya satellite phone due to their durability, cost-friendliness, and modern look and feel. However, we do always ask where in the world the customer is planning to use their Thuraya phone, just in case they need prompting that these phone cannot be used in North or South America, or the far-reaching polar regions. Thuraya provide great, solid handsets that can withstand harsh environments and keep our customers connected even from the most remote locations.

As always, our team of experts is here to help. So, if you need any advice about Thuraya satellite phones, contact us via:

Prices correct at time of writing, February 2023

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