The name Thuraya originates from the Arabic name for the constellation of the Pleiades.  This SatPhone company  was launched in 1997 but started operating in about 2001.   based in the UAE, it is regional network that’s designed to provide mobile coverage to more than 110 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North, Central and East Africa, Asia and Australia....

Thuraya XT - with customized silicon cover - additional layer of protection
Thuraya Satellite in space

.... in all it provides mobile coverage to more than 110 countries. It has another string to its bow, as its satellite handsets are dual-mode.

This means subscribers can roam on both GSM networks as well as talk through the satellite network. They’ve now sold well over 600,000 handsets


Constellation Of The Pleiades

Granted This SatPhone company is a dual-mode handset (satellite and GSM) provider, however they don’t work everywhere, but this has not stopped their popularity at all, the reason for this is simply because of the airtime rates, handset costs and size. It must be noted that Thuraya does not work in North America.

When it comes to coverage in the most remote locations it's well-built satellite network provides connection at all times, ensuring congestion-free satellite communications to provide users with sustained connection at all times.  

Thuraya SG-2502 Satellite Phone

To put it in another way think of your normal conventional everyday GSM mobile phone, but on steroids. 

Technologically innovative satellite designs that ensure and confirms the reliability of each device and accessory, provides a truly superior satellite communication solution that’s far beyond the capabilities of terrestrial systems and mobile cellular networks.

Thuraya XT Lite (GEO SatPhone
Explorations to remote areas with Thuraya XT

....... which means that not only will they remain connected when they are out of GSM coverage, but also when Thuraya sat phone user is traveling where terrestrial roaming charges are very expensive. 

The two satellite constellation orbits, notice how LEO (iridium) is so close to the earth and see how GEO is more than 36 times more further out in space


Thuraya Prepaid Scratch Card Refill Card

It can provide dependable roaming services for post-paid and prepaid customers to over 361 worldwide GSM networks. With roaming agreements confirmed with over 161 countries, subscribers from those GSM networks can also insert a GSM SIM into a Thuraya Satellite handset to benefit from roaming services throughout Thuraya’s satellite network......

Thuraya XT (GEO) communication Satellite Phone

So in other words, Thuraya provides a dual mode phone that’s not only a satellite phone but also has GSM capabilities.

This is what really separates them from the rest of the satellite phone provider pack, and this is a very flexible capability indeed.

Thuraya HotPot and SatSleeve

Thuraya Satellite Satsleeve WiFi Hotspot for smartphone iPhone & Android

Probably The best merge of a definitive source of total global mobility coverage and projects minimalist simplicity is the Thuraya SatSleeve, it’s the smartest, fastest and simplest way to transform your smartphone into a satellite smartphone, most definitely one of the best mobile innovations for SatPhone mobility, suffice to say that the SatSleeve is an industry first.

Thuraya SatSleeve-iPhone 4
Thuraya satellite Satsleeve + (Plus) for Smartphones iPhone Android
The Satellite Network Is In space

The SatSleeve allow you to make  phone calls, access to the internet including emails, instant messages and popular social media apps in satellite mode from anywhere in the world - well almost, across 161 countries across it’s coverage network.

Thuraya Satellite Coverage Of The World

Thuraya Satellite Coverage Map Of The World

Monthly Service Plans

Thuraya Monthly

Monthly Fee

Monthly Bundle

Out of Bundle

Initial Term

Calling Rates

Standard Plan

$29.95 per month

0 MB

$3.50 per MB

12 months

Calls to Thuraya $0.99/min

Thuraya XT Pro Satellite Phone & NOVA SIM with 20 units of airtime

Seasonal Plan

$40 per month

5 MB

$3.50 per MB

2 month

Calls to Band 1$1.69/min

Internet Plan

$95 per month

20 MB

$3.50 per MB

2 month

SMS Messages $0.49 each

Satellites fly Above all Weathers

Prepaid Service Plans

Thuraya Prepaid SIMS 

SIM Card



Calls to Thuraya

Calls to Band 1


Regular Plan

$79/SIM (includes $10)

12 months from 1st call

$3.50 per MB

$0.99 per minute

$1.49 per minute

$0.49 each

NOVA Plus Plan

$79/SIM (includes $20)

24 months from 1st call

$3.50 per MB

$0.85 per minute

$0.90 per minute

$0.35 each

Prepaid Vouchers

50-Unit $65

160-Unit $184

500-Unit $565

1000-Unit $1120

Thuraya Prepay Simcard

Latest Satellite Innovations Sat and GSM in One, one again from Thuraya

The World’s First Android-Based Satellite & GSM Phone

For starters and that's for now,  the X5 Touch is offering unparalleled flexibility. Thuraya X5-Touch has a 5.2” full HD touchscreen for users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage across a range of market sectors, including government missions, energy projects, enterprise communications, and NGO deployments.

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