The leading eSIM for seafarers is the Thailand based AIS SIM2Fly. With its Asian and Global support, it really has an unmatched in price for its speed and flexibility.
The SIM2Fly has support for 80+ countries and is an MNO – Mobile Network Operator, and not an MVNO or virtual network. This is helpful because of size and support offered by the MNO.
Many seafarers have already made the SIM2Fly their travel SIM card of choice and the eSIM2Fly will make that choice even easier since it can be delivered digitally to anyone, anywhere in the world via an email. Ship crew should love the easy convenience of not having to be sent a physical SIM.
3 Things that makes the AIS SIM2Fly popular
- Cheapest prices in Asia
- Yearly Plans
- Easy Plan Sign ups
Cheapest Asian Price
The price for 4GB in 20+ countries in Asia for 8 Days is just 299 Baht or about $10. That comes out to $2.50 per GB! Really you can’t find this price anywhere else at the moment. By comparison the Global plan is 800 Baht ($26.50) for 4GB, coming in at 200 Baht ($ 6.50) per GB. Google Fi and many other sit at $10 per GB so even the Global plan price is still competitive.
We have seen many seafarers getting a SIM2Fly for use with the yearly plan. They cost of the yearly plan is 2,700 baht or about $90. This gives 1 year of working validity and 15 GB to use in any of the 80+ countries. This comes out to $6 per GB, slightly cheaper than the 4GB plans and also is much cheaper than Google Fi, Gigsky or Truphone. If you use up the 15GB, then you still get the 365 days of validity and so no need to worry if your roaming sim is still active when you wish to add funds.
Easy Plan Sign Ups
Data plans can be signed for via the AIS app or Call Center, but these methods can use data or calling credits. The fastest way to start a new data plan is using USSD codes. These codes can be entered right into the phone keypad and after sending activate the plan with out the need for data. The get sent through the cellular network and then the MNO applies the data plan. If you have no data, and you’d like to add some, you would be out of luck is you have app only SIM management.
How is eSIM2Fly the best eSIM for seafarers?
The eSIM2fly has all the benefits of the AIS physical SIM, but can be delivered digitally, just like an email. For now, only newer phones are supported, but soon eSIMs will be a part of all mobile phones. As like the physical version, the eSIM2Fly you also get a phone number that gives the ability to make and receive calls and SMS, in case that feature is needed. For times when data networks are clogged, the ability to be reachable via ultra reliable SMS is quite an important back up feature to have.
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