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Smart Communications Inc. Partners With Thuraya To Launch Satellite Services

Smart Communications Inc. Partners With Thuraya To Launch Satellite Services

The Wireless leader inside Philippines, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has announced its partnership with world-leading mobile-satellite services provider Thuraya Telecommunications Company (Thuraya) to file for a satellite communications services that could directly benefit some 700,000 registered merchant mariners, disaster- relief personnel while others that have mission-critical roles to meet.

Products unveiled earlier by Smart were the Marino PhonePal, a prepaid and IVR PIN-based calling service this is the only local satellite voice call service which could provide a true satellite coverage while on the middle of the sea. It offers a “call home” satellite rates at P18 each and every minute. 

And also unveiled the upcoming SatSleeve (the photo above) that could transform your regular iPhone right into a portable satellite phone unit inside of a seconds. It has same feature of call, SMS and mobile-data capabilities that allows users to utilize their iPhone in the same way they were in the cellular network but using satellite network instead.

Partnership with Thuraya makes Smart have a broader coverage, that may boost Smart services like call, texting and mobile-data applications. Also people in media, military, mining, tourism as well as other fields would benefit most.

“In a disaster-prone country like ours, we should be always ready for calamities and emergencies. Smart Satellite Services provides emergency agencies greater flexibility in addressing calamities,”

-said Orlando Vea, chief wireless advisor of Smart Communications.

Land areas and major sealanes in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Indian Ocean are now able to access Smart Satellite Services. Thank you Smart, for bringing communication much basic and accessible for all of us. And making our country ready in time of calamities.


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