The system aims to allow seafarers to use their own phones for calls, SMS and data, with minimum installation required for the shipping company.
The ‘Access Unit’ equipment starts at a price around €3,000. It is a small rectangular box weighing less than a kilo, which converts GPRS and EDGE signals for transmission over IP.
Seafarers can use their own SIM card, but will be charged for roaming in that case. Alternatively they can buy a prepaid card from On-Waves, with fares starting at 12-14 cents a minute.