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Thuraya launches dual GSM/satellite phone

Thuraya has launched a dual mode handheld phone that features both GSM and satellite capabilities.

The XT-DUAL operates as a standard GSM phone within the reach of terrestrial networks, and when out of terrestrial network reach operates as a satellite phone if inside the coverage area of Thuraya’s satellites.

The unit has a built-in web browser for internet access directly on the phone, offering data services at 60 kbps, and can be connected to a laptop or PC for internet access. The phone can also be synchronized with the laptop or PC.

Talk time of up to 11 hours and standby time of up to 160 hours is available. The phone supports twelve languages, has messaging via SMS, MMS, e-mail and fax, Bluetooth, an organizer, media center, and supports Java, allowing external programs to be installed on the phone.

The XT-DUAL is splash water, dust and impact protected, with an IP64/IK03 rating

“Today marks yet another milestone for Thuraya as a leader and innovator in the mobile satellite industry,” said Thuraya’s CEO, Samer Halawi.

“The XT DUAL is certainly a step ahead in satellite telephony and a solution that will transform mobile communications for years to come.”

“The new phone ensures reliable and seamless communications in one very sleek unit, enabling consumers to benefit from the best of the two worlds of GSM and satellite.”

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