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Use Your Cell Phone While Offshore? Now A Reality!

Posted to Riding the Waves (by on October 19, 2009

As part of an effort to bring convenient communications to mariners worldwide, KVH Industries, Inc., and On-Waves are partnering to make cell phone service at sea a reality for crew and passengers on vessels around the globe. Using KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network and TracPhone V7 satellite communications system along with the On-Waves maritime cell phone service, crew members, passengers, and onboard contractors can easily and affordably use their own cell phones to make and receive calls to and from anywhere in the world. Cell phones alone usually lose reception about 15 miles offshore, when vessels travel outside the range of land-based cell towers.

Use Your Cell Phone While Offshore? Now A Reality!

As part of an effort to bring convenient communications to mariners worldwide, KVH Industries, Inc., and On-Waves are partnering to make cell phone service at sea a reality for crew and passengers on vessels around the globe. Using KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network and TracPhone V7 satellite communications system along with the On-Waves maritime cell phone service, crew members, passengers, and onboard contractors can easily and affordably use their own cell phones to make and receive calls to and from anywhere in the world. Cell phones alone usually lose reception about 15 miles offshore, when vessels travel outside the range of land-based cell towers.

"Most people take high-speed connections and mobile phones for granted on land, but the maritime industry has been without these conveniences for far too long. By joining our efforts, On-Waves and KVH can now bridge this gap and bring the very best satellite communications to crew, staff and guests," explains Constantin Simeonidis, chief executive officer of On-Waves.

All one needs to do is purchase a dedicated SIM card, pop it into their cell phone, and use that phone on a moving ship, anywhere in the world, just as they would at home. For one low, fixed price per minute, they can call anywhere they like without paying additional long distance charges. For customers preferring to use their own cellular service companies, On-Waves has maritime roaming agreements with over 450 GSM and CDMA service providers around the globe – these technologies provide service for over 85% of the world’s 3.3 billion cell phone users. In addition to offering convenient, easy to use service, the On-Waves equipment is also unobtrusive and easy to install. It includes a picocell, a small piece of hardware mounted on the exterior of the ship, and compact belowdecks hardware used to transmit calls over the mini-VSAT Broadband network. MORE: www.kvh.com.