Optus Extends Thuraya SatSleeve to all of Australia
[Via Satellite 11-10-2015] Optus Satellite is providing Thuraya’s SatSleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot to customers in Australia, enabling mobile coverage across the entire country where line of sight to the satellite exists.
SatSleeve+ connects to a range of iOS and Android devices from Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and Huawei, and enables users to turn their handset into a satellite phone via a SatSleeve app. Users can make calls beyond the reach of terrestrial communications by satellite, as well as access SMS and data services.
The new SatSleeve models use Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth to connect with the smartphone, and are controlled through the new, free SatSleeve Hotspot app. Wi-Fi connectivity means Bluetooth accessories, such as vehicle hands-free systems and headsets, can now be used when making satellite calls. Separately, the SatSleeve Hotspot is designed to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot service to deliver voice, text and data to a smartphone or tablet. The device also includes an emergency SOS feature.
“In a country as vast as ours, living and working in remote areas is increasingly common. We know that the resources and mining sector boom has seen large workforces stationed in remote locations. With a SatSleeve, people can stay in touch when outside of mobile range,” said Paul Sheridan, vice president of Optus Satellite.