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Thuraya Satellite


Thuraya Gateway 

Thuraya-3 service area. Australia and South East Asia

Thuraya - THE satellite phone to buy

Feature rich handset and many value added services included in the Thuraya service

Colour display and state of the art geosynchronous satellite technology

GPS included showing latitude and longitude and with personal tracker capability

SMS to a Thuraya phone from your computer http://services.thuraya.com/

Internet capable with your laptop (why wouldn't you buy one on that basis alone)


Click the 3D Demo button below:

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Click here for XT user manual

Click here for an overview of how Thuraya GmPRS data service works

Thuraya XT is the only satellite phone in the world to meet the industry’s highest criteria for splash resistance, dust resistance and shock proofing. Combining the reliability of its unparalleled phone functionality, with the dependability of Thuraya’s superior network, Thuraya XT ensures you stay close.Its extremely durable design makes Thuraya XT ideally suited for use in tough environments, where other satellite phones cannot operate.

Rugged design
Using the latest durable polycarbonates for the outside case, the Thuraya XT is the most durable satellite phone on the market. Thuraya XTs IP 54/IK03 rating is a globally recognised standard meaning it is splash resistant, dust resistant and shockproof.

Dependable battery life
Thuraya XT boasts the longest battery life of any satellite handset, providing up to 6 hours talk time and up to 80 hours standby time.

Glare resistant display
For easy readability in direct sunlight, no matter how bright the conditions are.

The handsets GmPRS capability means you can easily send/receive emails and browse the web with your laptop or PC from anywhere.

SMS from your computer to a Thuraya phone

See below 


FAQ: How high are the satellites ?

A: Approx 35,000km http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geostationary_orbit



1. The SIM card needs to be activated for use on the network and a phone number allocated which is done by the Dealer.


2. The Thuraya network needs to know where the phone is (which of the three geosynchronous satellites it can access).

With the phone switched on press the centre button to display the Menu Screen and the group of icons.

Select the top icon which is a compass image.

The phone searches for its position using another group of satellites (GPS satellites)

Wait for the display to show the latitude and longitude

Now choose back, and go back to the Main Screen 


3. The SIM card needs to be registered on the Network using the phone itself.

With the phone switched on press the centre button to display the group of icons.

Select the bottom icon of a satellite image.

From the three options choose 2 SAT Registration.

Wait for the display to show that the phone is registered on the network.


4. The Main Screen should display "Thuraya AUSTRALIA".

You are now ready to make and receive calls.


5. There is one satellite above Singapore for South East Asia / Australia and you need a clear line of sight to it.

Position yourself so that you have maximum signal strength of 5 bars if possible.

Depending on some variables such as atmospherics, latitude, etc 5 bars of signal strength may not always be available.

Try to keep the antenna vertical.

Even though it is walk and talk, it is better to remain still and do not walk around as reflections from objects, vehicles, buildings etc can make the signal fade in and out.


6. When you have moved some distance, approx 50km or more,  the GPS needs to be reset so that the network knows the new position of the phone.

Repeat "2" above.

It is important that the Thuraya network knows where the phone is, so that calls can be routed to the appropriate satellite and hence to your phone.

It's the GPS position of your Thuraya phone that allows the network to switch the calls to your phone.  


7. When not using the phone power it down as it goes into a sleep mode which can slowly drain the battery.



When you have moved some distance, approx 50km or more, the GPS needs to be reset to get network access.




Thuraya Antenna - Quadrifilar Helix

This is a quick and easy way to receive incoming calls. 

External antenna bolts onto your Z bracket on the roof rack.

The patch lead, thin coax, is 2.5m long and plugs straight into the back of the phone.

How easy is this ! Observe the law regarding driving and mobile phones !

Thuraya Antenna - Quadrifilar Helix - flange antenna 

Frequency Range Thuraya   Down link 1525-1560 MHz  Up link 1625-1660  MHz
Coverage  Hemispherical
Polarization LHCP
Gain  +2dBic
Impedance  1 watt cw
Connector: SMA jack 
VSWR 2:1
Dimensions (approx): 95 x 35mm housing, 70 x 6 mm flange
Temp range  -40 to +85 °C
Weight  250g


Thuraya FDU-3500

Thuraya’s Fixed Docking Unit is a home/office docking adaptor that allows the usage of Thuraya satellite mobile phones in indoor environments. 

Thuraya FDU-3500 complements the Thuraya phones by extending its operation and functionalities to the comfort of homes and offices.

The new Thuraya FDU-3500 has been designed as a state-of-the-art device that complements the new Thuraya SO-2510 and Thuraya SG-2520 in design, features and function. The unit functionality is simple and user friendly.

Simply dock the Thuraya phones into the designated slot of the Thuraya FDU-3500, and all the standard satellite based services such as voice, fax, data and new supplementary services like internet connectivity (i.e. GmPRS) are available indoors.


  • Allows Thuraya handsets to be used in an indoor environment

  • Compact design, easy to install and operate

  • Compatible with Thuraya SO-2510 and Thuraya SG-2520 handsets

  • Thuraya FDU-3500 facilitates recharging Thuraya SO-2510 and Thuraya SG-2520 phones while they are docked, without the disruption of a call or data transmission.

  • Supports Internet services (GmPRS) with USB port or DTE
    (Downlink: up to 60 Kbps/Uplink: up to 15 Kbps)

  • Supports data services at a speed of up to 9.6 kbps
    (circuit switched)

  • Supports group 3 analog fax machines and PC fax at a speed of 9.6 kbps

  • Supports high quality voice transmission via auxiliary handset, speaker phone or regular extension telephone.

Package Contents

  • Thuraya FDU-3500

  • User Guide

  • Auxiliary Handset

  • Universal Power Supply

  • Wall Mounting Adapter

  • Standard Handset Battery

  • USB Data Cable

  • USB Driver CD

  • RJ 11 Cable

  • SAT Antenna and Cable (25m)

  • GPS Antenna and Cable (25m)

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