Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:44

iPhone 6 gets satellite link with SatSleeve from Optus


Optus has begun selling an iPhone 6 adaptor for the Thuraya SatSleeve smartphone-to-satphone accessory.

Back in 2013, Optus started offering the Thuraya SatSleeve, which added satellite calling capability to the iPhone 4.

The idea is that the phone is used normally until it is taken outside mobile coverage areas, and then the sleeve and its supporting app are used for voice, SMS and data connectivity via satellite.

Thuraya subsequently launched the SatSleeve for Android, with adaptors for the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5.

Optus today announced that the SatSleeve for iPhone is now available for the iPhone 6, in addition to the existing support for the 5S, 5, 4s and 4.

The SatSleeve costs $800, plus up to $100 for the adaptor for particular models.

(Yes, we know that the phone in the photo isn't an iPhone 6, but it does show how Thuraya copes with different models and why the adaptors are pricey.)


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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