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Thuraya Launches Next Generation Satellite Handset

By | November 16, 2016
      Thuraya XT-Pro Dual satellite phone. Photo: Thuraya

      Thuraya XT-Pro Dual satellite phone. Photo: Thuraya

      [Via Satellite 11-16-2016] Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications has launched what it claims as the world’s first dual mode, dual Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) phone. The Thuraya XT-Pro Dual satellite phone aims to bridge the gap between satellite and terrestrial communications, allowing users to move in and out of terrestrial coverage, according to a statement released by the company.

      Thuraya’s handset includes a dedicated SIM slot for satellite communications and a second one for GSM communications. Users can opt for a Thuraya SIM card and their GSM card, or select any combination of SIM cards that meets their requirements. Callers can be contacted on their GSM number even while on an active satellite call – and vice versa.

      The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL features advanced navigation capabilities through GPS, BeiDou, Glonass and Galileo. Users can also share current coordinates, enter waypoints to navigate to specific positions using the electronic compass, and use position logging. The handset’s advanced tracking capabilities offer three different options, based on preset time intervals, distance travelled, and detection of movement outside a preset geofence. The geofencing process uses any three to seven coordinates of the user’s choice. For full and secure control, all tracking functions are user-activated, and cannot be initiated or controlled by unwelcome external entities.

      The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL’s battery delivers up to 11 hours of talk and 100 hours of standby time, according to the company. The device includes an SOS emergency button and features a ruggedized shockproof, water and dust resistant body, and glare resistant Gorilla glass display.