The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro VS Thuraya XT
Thuraya and Inmarsat have long been the most well known names in the satellite phone industry. Through the years, the two companies have managed to set the standards in the field. Recently, Thuraya has released the Thuraya XT, a high-end satellite phone which was the first to have an IP54 durability rating. It is very durable. However, recently Inmarsat has announced that they will be releasing their latest development: a global satellite phone, just as durable as the Thuraya XT. The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro is set for release in June of 2010. For those who are planning to buy a satellite phone, these two are definitely the best in the business.
Thuraya XT was the first to set the standard in satellite phone durability. This includes splash and water resistance, dust resistance and dust proofing. With the rubber plugs and polycarbonate external casing, it is one of the most durable satellite handsets available. The battery life is also pretty impressive. It can last for about six hours of talk time, and eighty hours on stand by. It is also equipped with a handy GPS Navigation system, which can help you set points. You can use this to mark data on your satellite phone, or to make your way through terrains. With the glare-resistant screen, this mobile phone was really designed to be used outdoors. However, it also incorporates a more modern GSM menu set up, making it easier for the user to explore the satellite phone.
Meanwhile, the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro incorporates all of the Thuraya XT’s features, and raises the bar a little further. The handheld global satellite phone can make calls from all over the world with improved voice quality and significantly lower rates of call dropping. This is done through the Inmarsat satellites all over the globe. Also, the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro can send both text messages and emails. The handset is also equipped with a GPS locator so you can mark points, and send your exact location to another computer or phone via email or text. It can even receive web messages through the computer. The battery life is also more impressive, as it can stand up to eight hours of talk time and a hundred hours on stand by. It also has a lot more handy features such as a calendar, calculator, alarm, microphone muting and minute minder in call alert. The design of the handset is also much more user friendly. In fact, it was especially designed for use when in gloves, so the keypads are wide and flat. It can also stand extreme temperatures.
All in all, the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro seems to have it all. It is definitely a much needed upgrade from the Thuraya XT. With its global calling capabilities, it opens the doors to a wider audience and consumers. However, although the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro can stand extreme temperatures, Thuraya XT is made for a slightly tougher polycarbonate body, making it more suited to those who plan to use the phone in rough environments.