Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: Etisalat announced its new ‘AnA Emirati’ mobile proposition – the first of its kind globally – offering Etisalat’s mobile post-paid customers a unique bundle of Thuraya Telecommunication’s satellite-enabled calling minutes and SMS from anywhere in the world, except the USA.

The new mobile bundle is designed to meet the demands of adventure loving customers who spend their time outdoors in the desert or at sea. It provides them with a highly affordable alternate connectivity solution in remote locations, offering them the peace of mind of staying in touch with their family and friends.

Etisalat has partnered with Thuraya Telecommunications, allowing existing post-paid mobile customers to benefit from the satellite communication privilege by subscribing to the following two options:

AllowanceSatellite bundle with SatSleeve DeviceSatellite bundle
Monthly rentalAED300AED150
Satellite Minutes (In/Out)100100
Satellite SMS100100
SatSleeve deviceFREEAED1800
Contract12 months

Customers opting for the Ana Emirati mobile postpaid satellite bundles can continue placing both GSM and satellite calls using their same, existing mobile number and phone. They benefit from an additional free SIM card with the same number to be inserted in the satellite Hotspot device.

Khaled ElKhouly, Chief Consumer Officer at Etisalat, said, “Etisalat has always been at the forefront in providing advanced and fast-speed connectivity across the UAE’s populated regions. Now, with our new integrated plan – the first in the world, and in partnership with Thuraya Telecommunications, we have the UAE’s adventure lovers covered or anyone for that matter, when they head out in any location with limited GSM connectivity.

“Our new satellite bundles can be added on to any mobile postpaid consumer tariff plan. It lets customers transform their smartphones into satellite devices, allowing them to stay in touch with their friends and families over while they are in remote locations,” he added.

To make a satellite call, users need to have a clear line of sight to the satellite, which means outdoor areas with no trees or obstacles. To subscribe to the new AnA Emirati mobile postpaid plans, customers need to visit any etisalat Business Centre or outlet.

Customers need to insert one SIM into their mobile phone and the other SIM in the SatSleeve Hotspot device, which allows them to connect their mobile phones with the SatSleeve hotspot through WiFi. The user needs to download the SatSleeve Hotspot app on their iPhone or android device, open up the SatSleeve Hotspot app, which will search for Thuraya Telecommunications network automatically. It then allows the customer make a satellite call, send a satellite SMS or access the address book to look up a contact through the SatSleeve Hotspot app. Customers will be charges an out-of-bundle rate of AED 2 per satellite minute for outgoing and incoming calls & AED 1 per satellite SMS.