Recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many seafarers have been awaiting repatriation while waiting aboard their ships. Efforts are being put in place to recognize seafarers as key workers during the pandemic so thousands of maritime workers can either return home or return to work.
Staying connected is a must for people who are constantly on the move. For seafarers, you may find yourself in the Philippines one month and Singapore the next. Changing SIM cards every time you enter a new country’s network can be a hassle. Having a multi country roaming data plan is essential for the seafarer lifestyle. More and more Seafarers are turning to the AIS SIM2fly SIM card for their multi county data needs.
What is AIS SIM2Fly?
AIS is a mobile network provider based in Thailand that provides local and international connectivity. Their SIM2Fly SIM card provides you with a fast, reliable connection in over 80 countries. AIS is a MNO, or Mobile Network Operator, not a virtual network so your connections are stable, reliable and fast.
AIS SIM2Fly is easy to use and easy to top up once if you run out of credit. Here’s how it works:
- Get your SIM2Fly SIM card at any AIS store in Thailand or online
- Register your SIM with your national ID or passport. To check registration status of your SIM card, dial *161#
- Start using your SIM card within 60 days of activation
Starting at 399 baht (around $12.50 USD), you can get 6GB of data at the maximum speeds for 10 days within Asia and Australia. For global connectivity, the SIMs are 899 baht (around $28.25 USD) and give you 6GB of data at max speeds for 15 days. In addition, you can buy a global SIM for a year for 2,799 baht (around $90 USD). This will give you 15GB at max speeds for a full year.
Running out of credit is no problem. You can easily top up your credit online. This effectively gives you the ability to freely use a Thai SIM around the world.
What Benefits Does SIM2Fly Give Me as a Seafarer?
Having a SIM that works in dozens of countries easily is ideal for seafarers looking for a painless way to connect to friends, family, and colleagues while at port. AIS’s SIM2Fly offers these seafarers a great solution. Any time your vessel comes to port you can easily change to your AIS SIM2Fly SIM card and instantly have a strong, 4G connection. With competitive rates and reliable speeds and connections, it’s easy to see why this is becoming the first choice SIM card for seafarer’s around the globe.
2020 has been a difficult year for many around the world and the seafaring community is no different. And while restrictions are being lifted to ensure that cross-border trade continues, many seafarers have been waiting for crew changes so they can finally go home after months at sea. Having stable and reliable communications at all times is invaluable as a seafarer.
If you are constantly changing ports and networks, the SIM2Fly’s year plan is a easily, hassle-free option. You can simply top up data as you need and never worry about your SIM expiring or not working. SIM2Fly works in over 80 countries around the world.
Another great thing about SIM2Fly is how easy it is to sign up and stay connected. If you run low on data or credit, you can top up your SIM2fly here.
What is an eSIM2Fly?
An eSIM is a digital SIM that does not require the user to have a physical SIM card inserted in their phone. For now, only newer phone models are compatible with eSIMs however this technology is expected to be in widespread use within 2 to 3 years.
eSIM2FLy has all the benefits of the SIM2Fly, without the hassle of having to go buy a physical card. A code will be emailed to you then you simply scan the QR code and add the cellular plan to your phone. Quick and easy connectivity without the hassle of changing SIM cards at every port. With AIS’s eSIM2Fly you can enjoy the same low rates of their international SIM2Fly in any of the 80+ countries they support.
Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world with around 33 million people visiting the kingdom annually. With all the tourist entering the country, Thailand’s MNO have a massive surplus in data that they in turn sell as a low cost travel SIM. Many other travel SIM cards simply cannot compete with the prices Thai phone carriers can provide. Many Thai Telcos are dominating the market for Asian travel data and for seafarers the eSIM2Fly gives them exactly the connectivity they are looking for.
How Do I Top Up My eSIM2Fly?
Keeping credit on your SIM2Fly has never been easier. You can top up SIM2Fly credit online using a top up service or at any AIS store in Thailand. Using a top up service is great for seafarers who need to maintain a balance on their SIM2Fly but don’t always find themselves in Thailand near an AIS store.