Earlier today in Dubai, mobile satellite operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced a strategic partnership with AT&T. The American carrier will provide outbound GSM roaming for voice and data services to Thuraya subs using Thuraya XT-Dual handsets across the United States. Part Two of the deal will enable AT&T customers to roam on and use the Thuraya satellite network, which spans more than 140 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. CTDaily believes the partners will discuss on Wednesday how iPhones now operating on the AT&T network can be apped-up to act like satphones on the mobile-sat network, thus allowing iPhone users to roam virtually anywhere, regardless of GSM signal availability. This could prove to be a financial boon for companies with globetrotting staffs, especially those that have adopted BYOD policies.

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