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John S.
(jshann) - F
SATcase on 09/30/2013 21:11:42 MDT Print View

How it Works:
SATcase creator Jim Thomson says the Satcase is very user friendly. Simply insert your smartphone into the case, close the cover and click the latches closed. Install the SATcase app on your phone and continue to call, text and e-mail as normal.
The seamless pairing of these two devices results in one multi-purpose, familiar tool that could save your life. The SATcase is going to be a real game-changer for remote communications and personal safety.

Global Satellite Connectivity:
The SATcase works in conjunction with the Iridium satellite network, one of the most trusted names in global satellite communications. The SATcase enables your smartphone to access the Iridium network and make calls from anywhere on the planet.
Adventurers and workers can now carry a single device into remote locations, making it easy to pack light and stay safe.
Travellers on business or pleasure no longer have to worry about “unlocking” their phones and connecting to foreign cellular networks. Instead, they can rely on their SATcase for global connectivity in order to conduct business, contact family, or make arrangements while abroad.

Emergency Alerts:
The SATcase has its own internal battery, allowing it to offer multiple emergency features, such as the PLB, that function even when your smartphone is disconnected.
When the PLB mode is activated, it transmits a distress signal and alerts The International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme, which provides search and rescue monitoring services.
Overall, this new case has a lot of great features that will further increase the versatility of the average smartphone.
The SATcase is scheduled to debut on the market by the end of 2013. Initial models are only available for the Samsung S III/IV, but there are plans to make it available for other smartphone models down the road.
Find out more about the SATcase at www.satcase.com

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Re: SATcase on 09/30/2013 23:53:28 MDT Print View

Could be interesting - Iridium + PLB + 121.5 MHz + ..., tracking (unspecified method), waterproof (IP67), floats.

Unlikely to work as described with any iPhone, looks like they hijack Android phones to seamlessly route phone calls. But they could supply a separate iPhone app with access to your contacts for making sat phone calls.

Some similarities to the Thuraya SatSleeve, which works only with iPhone (go figure), and does much less. My comments on SatSleeve.

Cannot find weight of SATcase on their web site. If it's like SatSleeve which weighs as much as some standalone sat phones and the DeLorme inReach SE - much less interesting. To qualify as a PLB, you need a hefty battery.

They promise to ship in December. As always, my advice is: don't buy promises.

-- Rex

Edited by Rex on 09/30/2013 23:55:51 MDT.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
BTW: Thuraya SatSleeve update on 10/01/2013 19:02:46 MDT Print View

Thuraya updated the SatSleeve last month:
http://www.thuraya.com/content/thuraya-unveils-new-satsleeve

Added features: access to email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp among others.

Basically looks like they added Internet access, but their marketing-speak never uses the word "Internet". Hmmm.

Weight and dimensions about the same as the old SatSleeve, though the iPhone 5 version is 22 grams heavier.

Note that Thuraya satellites do not cover the Americas.

-- Rex

Hoot Filsinger
(filsinger) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: BTW: Thuraya SatSleeve update on 10/01/2013 19:34:40 MDT Print View

Rex,
A simple thank you for all the work you have put into SAT Phone posts you have given to BPL.

Hoot