Thuraya Unveils Latest Dual-mode Satellite Phone

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Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Co. of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, announced a new dual-mode hand-held phone March 7 that features both GSM and satellite capabilities. Dubbed the XT-Dual, the handset operates as a standard GSM phone within reach of terrestrial networks. The phone has a built-in Web browser and can download email and other data at 60 kilobits per second.