For the smallest and most advanced phone to use in the Middle East and Central Asia,
Thuraya is the satellite phone of choice.
Weighing an impressive 7.5 oz and pocket size, the Thuraya phone has the look and feel of a cellular phone, and features satellite, GSM, and GPS services.
With its 19.2 kbps modem, the phone has data rates of up to 9.6 kbps.
The network is based in the Middle East, and has expansion plans into central Africa.
Coverage currently exists in: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen, as well as other countries in this region and in Europe.