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Convert Your iPhone 5 or 5s and Galaxy S4 into a Satellite Phone with SMART SatSleeve

SMART Communications, Inc. earlier launched the SmartSAT, a service that brings the benefits of satellite communication to a broader consumer market.

Currently there are 2 products under SmartSAT, these are the SatSleeve that transforms your smartphone (Samsung S4 & iPhone 5/5s) into a satellite phone and the XT, a stand-alone phone that is specially made to withstand harsh environments. Both the SatSleeve and XT allows you to call, send SMS and emails, and enjoy data services even in places without cellular coverage.


“œWith SmartSAT, the company’s satellite services arm is branching out of its niche in the maritime industry and is going into new markets to benefit from satellite communications,” said Charles A. Lim, Smart EVP and Head of Wireless Consumer Business.

“œSMART targets critical and demanding fields such as the media, the military and the country’s disaster and emergency response agencies. We are also catering to business groups and even private individuals who need the security of having a back-up or enhanced mobile coverage”


The SmartSat coverage will reach 2/3 of the world expanding Smart’s satellite coverage to 160 countries including major sea lanes in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Indian Ocean.

Both the SatSleeve and XT is being offered for Php 38,500 inclusive of satellite SIM with an initial airtime credit load of about $225 or around Php 10,000.


SMART SatSleeve and XT Satellite Phone Specs




Stand-alone Satellite Phone



Compatible phones

iPhone 5/5s

Samsung S4


Service Supported

Voice, SMS, GmPRS Data – Application based

Voice, SMS, GmPRS Data

Operating System





Yes (IP5/IK03)

Interface Supported

Bluetooth and Wifi

Data cable via USB connector


From the iPhone via bluetooth

Programmable on the terminal

SOS Button

SOS Calling predefined number



138 x 69 x 20 mm

128 x 53 x 26.5mm


171g (with battery)



3.7V Li-ion, 2440mAh

3.7V Li-ion 2520mAh

Standby time

up to 36 hours

up to 80 hours

Talk time

up to 3 hours

up to 6 hours

Satellite data speed

Download 60 kbps, Upload 15 kbps (GmPRS)

Download 60 kbps, Upload 15 kbps (GmPRS)

Check out below for the SmartSAT packages.



Package Price (Vat Inc.)

P 38,500.00

Initial Preload Credit

US $ 225.00

Calls to Philippines(SMART/SUN/PLDT)


Call to Philippines (other networks)


IDD Calls
Band 1Band 2Band 3Band 4Band 5 (Catch All)






SMS Rate

$0.23 (per 160 characters)

Data Rate


Incoming charge


Call to Customer Care


Annual Subscription Fee





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  • Ricardo A. Jaromamay

    Dear SIr/Madame,
    Good day! I owned a FR-190VS sat phone and only used during emergency it is possible to trade in for XT sattelite phone?
    My smartlink phone FR-190VS are in very good condition in box complete manual and new simcard,
    i am willing to pay additional cash if needed.
    Pls. advise