Dubai: Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, said on Wednesday it has launched a new edition of the Thuraya SatSleeve, the world’s first and only satellite adaptor for the iPhone.

The new release allows users to make phone calls and to send SMS messages via Thuraya’s satellite network as well as enable them access to emails, and popular social media and instant messaging apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp among others, the company said in a statement.

It added that Thuraya SatSleeve users can now post news updates, chat via messaging apps with their contacts as well as send and receive email from the most remote locations in satellite mode.

The device can be used across Thuraya’s extensive satellite network with coverage in over 140 countries.

“The new release of the SatSleeve, which now includes data, underscores our commitment towards delivering new and innovative mobile satellite products,” Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya, said in a statement.

Thuraya said the device also serves as an important mobile communications device and security backup for users that are operating in remote locations and in areas where natural or man-made disasters can render terrestrial communications unavailable.

The Thuraya SatSleeve will be available from all Thuraya service partners starting September 10, the company stated.