Marine telecoms provider Voyager IP and Digicel have partnered to launch FlexiSIM, a 3G/4G/LTE reloadable data SIM card for yachts and leisure craft. The cards will initially launch in the Caribbean, and can be recharged through a portal on the Voyager IP website. They will be sold with a competitive rate of US$10 per gigabyte.
Voyager IP research estimates monthly 3G/4G connectivity usage on superyachts and other leisure craft costs between US$500 and US$1,300. Many users have six or twelve-month contracts that require upfront payment, regardless of data consumed.
A common alternative has been for yachts to buy packs of PAYG data SIM cards when in major ports. This alternative is often considered expensive and inefficient.
Mark Elliott, managing director of Voyager IP, said, “Until now, connectivity solutions for the superyacht and leisure craft market were outdated, expensive and inconvenient. FlexiSIM cards add convenience, putting our customers in full control to manage their costs. Given the changes in EU legislation, it is advisable to evolve from long-term contracts for connectivity.”
Declan Cassidy, CEO of Digicel Diaspora Miami added, “We are happy to partner with Voyager IP, as it gives us the opportunity to address an important need. This is a top-quality, yet cost-effective connectivity solution for our growing base of marine-based clients in the Caribbean.”
For more information, visit Voyager IP.