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Optus SatSleeve Plus

Optus SatSleeve product review
Optus SatSleeve product review

For the past few months, when out on our adventures, we’ve been using the Optus SatSleeve Plus. The beauty of the this device, unlike traditional satphones, is that it can be used with your own Apple or Android smartphone.

The SatSleeve+ is a quick and easy way to transform your compatible smartphone or tablet into a satellite device. So if you’re out and about travelling to areas where you’ve got no 3G/4G coverage, the SatSleeve can keep you connected right across Australia, with 100% coverage wherever you are (as long as you’ve got line of sight to the satellite).

Optus SatSleeve product review
Optus SatSleeve product review

The SatSleeve connects your device through a WiFi connection. Once connected, you can drive the SatSleeve through the free SatSleeve app, and you’ll be able to access your contacts and enjoy calls, SMS, emails, instant messaging, social media and your apps – all using your own device (charges apply).

The SatSleeve works with any mobile provider, so you can use it whether you have an Optus service or not.

The SatSleeve has its own SIM card with a satellite mobile number, and connects your device to Thuraya’s satellite network, so it works in Australia as well as 160 countries throughout Asia, Europe, The Middle East and Africa. So whether you are calling from the Outback or the Sahara, you can worry less, and stay in touch for longer.



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  • @Phil, I think it may well stop now with this new device and $15 per month fee plus usage. As usual the devil can be hidden in the detail but for me I’ll take a look, a good look, because from what I’ve observed with sat phone companies, it’s a bit of a rip and as you say getting worse.

  • when I bought my inmarsat pro sat phone a few year ago 100 units where around $100 and that lasted 2 years before I lost it. now $69 buys 25 units which when activated only lasts 1 month and if you dont activate it you loose it after a year. so 2 years has now gone down to 1 month. where will it stop. phil

  • Disappointing article, next to no information apart from the fack it connects to your smartphone via wi-fi. There was no details about costs, purchase or ongoing. The most disappointing point is there is no link to get more information about the product.

    A quick Google search and the first of many results-

  • I was on a coach tour from Longreach to Birdsville, on the way back to Longreach the coach developed a engine problem, and without communication we limped into the next town (Windorah) to use satellite phone to contact Longreach of the problem. Say if the coach came to a complete break down at Betoota a ghost town with a population of NIL then we could have been in for a long wait.
    After that journey I purchased a SatSleeve, for my iPhone it cost me close to a grand but it is peace of mind. I’m registered with Pivotel as the carrier as a casual user- cost $15 per month. During my travels since through west and central NSW, Qld to NT and down the centre to Port Augusta and various parts of Victoria I try the satsleeve for communication, in the flat outback areas connection is easily accessible, however in hilly terrain you need to go to higher ground as the same with a satellite phone.
    I’ve been on many out of way trips with 4WD operators and they carry a satellite phone.
    A new satellite phone is more expensive to purchase than a “satsleeve” and they per month cost is also more higher.

  • G’day

    I saw your report on the Optus Sat Sleeve.
    It sounds just what i am looking for.
    I live and work in Western N.S.W. often by myself.In hot conditions if a vehicle breaks down I’m Stuffed.
    We do have mobile Coverage but only on a Small % of our Station.
    So This Sat sleeve would be ideal.
    I have been looking for business to buy one from,But so far No Luck.
    Do you know where i can buy one?

    Andrew F.

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