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Speedcast launches crew GSM service

Speedcast has announced the release of CrewReach, a new global prepaid mobile SIM card designed to be used by ships’ crew members and provide cost-effective access to 4G and 3G data.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“Weeks and months at sea without being connected to family and friends can lead to feelings of isolation and depression for the thousands of commercial maritime sailors who are responsible for the transportation of goods around the globe,” said Dan Rooney, commercial maritime product director, Speedcast.

“CrewReach provides cost-effective prepaid mobile data access to terrestrial mobile networks, enabling crew to reach out via social apps and reducing isolation from their families and friends.”

“CrewReach also gives subscribers a limited amount of free access to the popular chat apps WhatsApp and WeChat, making social connectivity even more cost-effective.”

CrewReach is available for all unlocked smartphones and is managed via a mobile app on iOS and Android devices. The app allows subscribers to control their spending, showing data costs in each country and the amount of data consumed.

Users can purchase additional credit either via a credit card or prepaid voucher, Speedcast says.{/mprestriction}

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