Turn your iphone into a sat phone

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Here is an interesting product that caught my attention.

This SatSleeve from Thuraya turns your phone into a Sat phone.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 00:01

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 00:01
At $550US in the US, that will probably end up costing a $gorilla in Australia.

Then you will have a sat phone with all the problems of an iphone...and you have to add the cost of the iphone as well.

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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 08:34

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 08:34
Hi Bantam, The Australian dollar is $1.04au to $1.00us so it would be cheaper.
I've had an Iphone for as long as they have been out and never had a problem with it. I think it is a great idea, one phone for all.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 09:09

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 09:09
I have had an iPhone for years, never had a problem.
Maybe it's just another tall poppy that needs knocking down?

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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 12:18

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 12:18
I think you will find that he is technologically challenged from reading previous posts. He has probably heard from his mates best mans exwifes sister in law that they were no good. Nothing like talking wallop when you have no first hand experience.
Also appears that his abacus is not good with exchange rates.
iPhone also fine here too. Won't touch anything else until something better comes along.

Brett.
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 12:32

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 12:32
Regardless of the exchange rate, unless you are buying in the US, we always pay grosely inflated prices compared to the US.

Often twice or 3 times the US retail.

I have proof that in many cases we pay more than the US retail price, when buying dealer wholesale in this country.

They have been having a lend of us for years.

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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 12:53

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 12:53
Just as a matter of interest.

I have looked at the pricing

a thuraya SO2510 is about $1000 outright purchase in Australia, in the US the same handset is about $750.
& that is an IP54 rated tough phone.

I am most certainly not technically chalenged.....I am just not interested in spending my like squinting into a tiny screen and youtwitting my life away.

I have friends with their little pocket toys.....my phone cost 1/4 what theirs did, gets singnal where theirs does not, and I run for days on a charge where they are always looking for an opportunity to recharge

remember you buy one of these gadgets......both devices have to be working and both probably need charging

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 01:51

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 01:51
Good bit of kit :)

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 07:19

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 07:19
Like John said, it sounds like a good bit of kit.

For those of us who already have an iPhone, an investment of $500-$700 dollars for a satellite capable device may be a real winner. The $US is comparable to the $AUS so the price shouldn't inflate all that much.

I will keep an eye on the data capable model and the first review of its capabilities.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 10:59

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 10:59
I would be interested in hearing back from anyone who buys and uses this device. What is the ongoing cost of satellite access? I understand Thuraya does have limitations in the south of the country, but most remote areas travelled are not in the south. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate.

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Follow Up By: toffytrailertrash - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 16:57

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 16:57
With the Govt contribution you can get an Isatphone here for less than that and pay only $1.00 per minute per calls on a prepaid plan. Why would you bother?

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 17:05

Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 17:05
I wouldn't TTT, but I am interested in the options for others. Bear in mind:

• Not everyone is eligible for the subsidy.

• The present subsidy closes 3rd June this year, and a replacement subsidy has not yet been announced with no guarantee that any further subsidies will be offered.

We chose a satellite phone on the Iridium network, purchased full price without subsidy. This can be activated on a short term plan through a provider when needed for outback travel. It could be used with a SIM card, but as we do not have mobile phones on plans we would not go down this track.

I don't have an iPhone or Smartphone. I use mobile internet for all communications when travelling in a Next G area, and have the satellite phone when activated for emergencies and for family to be able to get through to us if they have emergencies.

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Follow Up By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 20:12

Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 20:12
toffy,

good on ya,

i think most of us carry sat phones for emergency use. i dont care if i have to pay $10 a minute for the call. its the up front phone cost which makes people bork at purchasing sat phones.

if you have received your phone for free and only pay $1 per minute, your a lucky man. fortunately my house is within range of a mobile network and i doubt ill be able to get the deal you have.

well done.



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Reply By: Member - gaz 290 - Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 02:30

Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 02:30
Where can one buy this gadget
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Reply By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 20:05

Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 20:05
i not sure if it available in aust. yet
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Follow Up By: Member - gaz 290 - Monday, Apr 08, 2013 at 18:50

Monday, Apr 08, 2013 at 18:50
Thanks for info on sat phone will wait until they hit oz
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