One of the most persistent myths in telecomms is that all satellite phones are large, expensive and difficult to use.
In fact, some satphones look and operate almost like a cellphone and cost surprisingly little to buy and use, with no need for complex contracts.
For sheer affordability and ease of use, the market leader is the XT-LITE from Thuraya. This durable, lightweight device (just 186g) is quite simply the world’s best-value satellite phone.
What sets it apart? First, it is so simple to operate. It looks and feels familiar to anyone who has ever used a cellphone, with features such as speed dialling, address book, call logs and many others – very much like a GSM mobile.
But this is not a “basic” phone. The XT-LITE is a highly sophisticated device that makes the user’s life easier in numerous ways. For example, it will receive a call notification even with the satellite antenna stowed, so you need never miss a call, and the antenna is omni-directional, so you can walk and talk without “pointing” at the satellite. The menu supports 13 languages, while the battery provides up to six hours talk time and up to 80 hours in standby.
Second, handset costs are highly competitive and the airtime plans very flexible. Many Thuraya customers choose to purchase a pre-paid voice and data SIM, which gives them several easy options when it comes to topping up. Users can either call a toll-free number to top up, or recharge online or at 220,000 participating Western Union agent locations, using the Western Union® Quick PaySM service. Family and friends can also use the service to add pre-paid credit on behalf of a Thuraya user.
Above all, the popularity of the XT-LITE rests on the sheer quality and reliability of the Thuraya voice service. Thuraya’s satellite network covers approximately 160 countries, or two-thirds of the globe, and no matter where you are it is like making a call in your home town. That is mighty reassuring if you happen to be on top of a mountain or in the middle of a desert.
None of this will surprise long-term Thuraya users. The company is committed to making life easier for its customers and was the first mobile satellite operator to introduce a pre-paid voice service in 2002. Three years later, it was the first to introduce small, lightweight satphones – the SO-2510 and the SG-2520. And in 2009 the XT series was the first to comply with IP54/IK03 standards of durability. No wonder Thuraya has already sold more than 850,000 satellite handhelds.
Forget the myth – satphones come in all shapes and sizes and are reasonably priced if you need the back-up of a lightweight phone that works in any location. If you want proof, check out the XT-LITE from Thuraya.
Thuraya XT-LITE: http://www.thuraya.com/xt-lite