Satsleeve

Thinking of buying a Satsleeve Thuraya for our I-phone for outback travel - has anyone purchased one recently? Do they work well? Would appreciate advice.
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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:17

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:17
Has been a couple of threads recently Go back a few pages and look for Satfones
General consensus is you can buy a s/h Motorola for much less and just use a Telstra sim out of you cell phone in it
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Reply By: Member - jb2211 - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:38

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:38
Ththanks, Tom - what is an " s/h motorola" please?
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:18

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:18
I think he means "second hand"

Cheers, Geoff
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 13:56

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 13:56
Yeah, they're not cheap cp the competition and may be redundant if you change your phone. In that category of sat communicator one of the inReach models would be my choice but the airtime provider gouges you on usage costs IMO.

There are 4 sat comm providers in Aus: Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya.

Do a search of forums. There's more info than you can digest in a decade.
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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 14:13

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 14:13
A search would have revealed this on page 3

http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/Topic/132108/Satphones_confused.aspx?ky=&sn=&p=%2fForum%2fDefault.aspx%3fpn%3d3

One of literally hundreds
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Reply By: Sat Phone Sales - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 14:49

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 14:49
Yep we sell them but try to stay unbiased as we can supply ANT device on ANY network. The question is not if it works well (they work great!) but if it is the best fit for you.

If you want something to slip in your pocket the Thuraya XT-Lite may be a better option. If data is your thing you can't beat the SatSleeve for value for money.

The Thuraya plans we connect on are the best value of ANY network, post or pre-paid. $15 per month with no lock in contract and a standard mobile number meaning anyone calling you pays just the cost of calling a standard Australian mobile. This is a great cost management tool for you.

Be cautious of older Iridium handsets, spares are expensive and getting harder to source. (Battery is ca. $200!) On the other hand if you picked one up for a couple of hundred bucks it might be worth checking out.
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 14:59

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 14:59
Non genuine battery are around $70 for a 9505A. My original lasted about 9 years and the replacement is now 3-4 years old.
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Follow Up By: Sat Phone Sales - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 15:07

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 15:07
Nice - as long as they hold up, the price is right!
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 15:21

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 15:21
Only time will tell.
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Follow Up By: tuck - Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 08:43

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 08:43
Is it worthwhile to use a fixed aerial on your vehicle for a stronger reception and for use whilst mobile
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Follow Up By: Sat Phone Sales - Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 18:10

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 18:10
An external antenna will not work better than the built in antenna - IF it can have line of sight to the satellite. If you want to use your SatSleeve where it doesn't have line of sight an external antenna would be required.

Sadly there is no external antenna or car kit available for the SatSleeve - at this time. Watch this space and save up $1K - $1.5K just in case a car kit turns up soon!

Kevin
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 21:17

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 21:17
I have had one for 3 years, it works fine and not let me down yet.
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