So let's say you've got your isolated island lair, complete with underground doomsday bunker and all the gadgetry you can pack into a hollowed out volcano. Now the question is: which smartphone do you choose? A new accessory for the iPhone just might make that choice a bit easier.
The Thuraya SatSleeve turns your iPhone into a satellite phone capable of reaching up to 140 countries no matter where you are on the planet. Fitting onto the back of your iPhone in much the same way as a protector case, the SatSleeve also functions as a battery pack, offering up to 48 hours standby time and four hours of talk time.
And for those moments when you're not in your remote island lair and bad guys are on your heels and you need a last ditch method of contacting the rest of the world, the device also has an emergency call button that can be pre-programmed to call any number you choose. Conveniently, this function operates even when the device is not connected to the iPhone.
Start looking for this thing to be available next month for about $500, which doesn't include the $1 to $8 per minute that you'll be forking over for every call. But at least you'll never have to worry about reception ever again.