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We are in the process of purchasing a satellite phone for our extended travels throughout this great land of Australia.In doing so we have come across a product called a " Satellite Smart Sleeve " which fits a I Phone 5 and turns it into a sat phone. Has any person had any experience with this application that they may relay to us, Please
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:14

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:14
Hi,
Have a look at the thread 7 down and read my comments.
Also do a search on satellite phones there is heaps of info there :-)
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Follow Up By: Nomad Navara - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:27

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:27
Sorry, Tony H thread 7 is about lpg availability, not sat phone sleeve
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:37

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:37
Gday
106781 is the thread you are after

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Follow Up By: Nomad Navara - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:23

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:23
The Satellite Smart Sleeve I queried is a sleeve that an Iphone5 fit into, it come with its own separate battery, sim card and antenna. This then makes it into a satellite phone. It is made by Thuraya and marketed through the Pivotel group.Cost of the sleeve is around $850,(and can be purchased with the satellite phone subsidy if condition are met), Min charges for use trough Pivotel are $25 pm and $1 a minute to make calls. There is no charge to receive calls and callers are only charged normal mobile call rates, even calls made from a "free hour" are free to this phone. More information is available from Thuraya Satellite Sleeve on the Pivotel Webb site.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 14:25

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 14:25
"Sorry, Tony H thread 7 is about lpg availability, not sat phone sleeve"

NN - You can't count! Tony is correct.
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Follow Up By: Nomad Navara - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 15:28

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 15:28
Krooznalong, if you put No 7 in the tread search box it will come up a question about lpg availability, if you count down 7 threads from mine you will see a thread about placing a sat phone sim card in a Iphone, this is not what I asked about. This forum seems to have a high content of nit picking persons lately. A thank You in advance to those that can correctly read my query and can assist.
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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 15:38

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 15:38
I bought one a few weeks ago, it works well so far it is easy to use and has a function that you can use for 000 even without you Iphone in the sleeve.

The subsidy took less than 12 hours to approve, your phone ( sleeve) dealer should have the forms you can do it on line as well.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 18:40

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 18:40
You choice would depend on your phone needs and areas of travel Nomad Navara. Thuraya coverage may be patchy in the southern latitudes. If you purchase an Iridium satellite phone second hand (eg from eBay) you can use your phone SIM if it is just for emergency use. Iridium has good coverage all over the country.

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Follow Up By: duck - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 19:10

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 19:10
Be quick as the sat phone subsidy has been cut back and finishes soon
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 19:16

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 19:16
I don't know if the sat phone subsidy is available for the Thuraya Sleeve.

What price is the sleeve? I may not be a bargain compared to a second hand phone (no subsidy available), of even an IsatphonePro on Inmarsat network (subsidy available for those eligible if purchased new and conditions met).

The subsidy was extended for twelve months last year, and will not be replaced with another scheme this time when it finishes on 30 June 2014. Applications MUST be in by 5 pm 31 March 2014.

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Follow Up By: Nomad Navara - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 19:37

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 19:37
The price of the Satellite Sleeve is $849 and is approved by the Sat Phone Subsidy scheme, so hat brings the price to $425. However how long will the Iphone5 be of use with this set up???? should one just purchase a new sat phone with the subsidy instead?.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 20:28

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 20:28
I agree NN. You will probably get a new IsatphonePro for around the same or less if you need a satellite phone for regular communication and better network coverage. If only for occasional and emergency use, a second hand Iridium with your SIM card or a new SIM on a $10 per month casual plan would work out more economical.

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Follow Up By: Aussi Traveller - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 22:45

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 22:45
I bought the sleeve with an Iphone 4s adaptor, the impression I got was if the Iphone was up dated an adaptor would be made.
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Follow Up By: tiffanymatthew - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:07

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:07
Hi Motherhen,

I was told by a mate that his Telstra sim stopped working in his Iridium phone the other day. I am not sure if it's something he has done however have you check yours in the last 2 weeks? I would love to know if it still works or if it's just a once off with my mates phone or sim?

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 18:39

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 18:39
The answers you have so far look good for the SIM card method tiffanymatthew, but must be on a plan with international roaming enabled. Note the change in price on the cheapest casual plan. However if you already have a mobile on a plan you can put that in if you need to use the satellite phone. If not, and $25 per month is the cheapest you can get, it would probably be worthwhile taking out a $35 per month short term plan with an alternative provider as this includes $10 of calls per month.

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Reply By: Tony F8 - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:09

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:09
Nomad.
For the money, buy a new one and be done, iridium supply the best sat network, had my 9505 for 9 years and has never let me down.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:50

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 17:50
Hi

Good, hardly used iridium sat phones on ebay for much less than new price. No warranty I suppose but you can buy two used (older model) ones for the price of one new one in some cases...so pretty good value.

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