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Mayor / Maire

Cellular at sea

Just thought I would post an observation/ bug

 

Currently on a cruise  to. Mex enjoying some sun and missing the rain (not so much)

 

Anyways my cell connected to the ships cel At sea network, and to my surprise I can receive texts and it seems I can also make and receive calls.

 I can not send texts as no USA add-on is purchased.

 

Not sure how long this bug will last but thought I would share.

 

 

Mayor / Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

At least that sounds like a wonderful Bug.

Really wish Public can initiate TRUELY Global Roaming at some point

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

Public Mobile uses the Telus network.  And Telus is partnered with the following cruise ship wireless operators to provide "roaming" services:

  • AT&T Maritime voice sms
  • Jersey Maritime "Navitas" voice sms
  • Manx Maritime Services voice sms data
  • MCP (Norway) voice sms data
  • OceanCell (Island) voice sms
  • SeaNet (Sweden) voice sms
  • Telecom Itality Martime voice sms
  • Vodafone Malta "WINS" voice sms

Beware that every cruise ship offers some kind of offshore wireless access, but many (or most) are not Telus partners.  They will be "roaming" services ... some of them may require you sign up or prepay for their roaming rates ... but some may provide this extra service as something you've already signed up for and append the roaming costs to your final bill.  And cruise ship roaming rates can be extremely high (say $3~$6 per minute talk, $0.50~$1.50 per text or attachment, and up to $15~$20 per MB of data).  Billed through the cruise company, not through PM.

 

If you're uncertain then it might be best to re-read your cruise ship contract, or ask one of the staff, or simply turn off your phone's data, lol.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

@Korth @@@great info, we are prepaid however so we can not be charged anything. My understanding of roaming is that It simply  should not work

 

Edit : tagged wrong person

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

I'm guessing your ship provides one of those Telus-partnered MVNOs.  Don't know, to be honest, but I speculate it's not an "oversight" nor a "bug".

Mayor / Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

@Korth not sure what to call it, other than an interesting surprise. I just know it should not work like the sms foeen't 

 

On a side note bought a local sim for 100 pesos 7$can Ang got 30 days north america calling and 1gb data. Smiley Happy. I hate comparing our prices with other countries lol

Oracle

Re: Cellular at sea


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@Korth not sure what to call it, other than an interesting surprise. I just know it should not work like the sms foeen't 

 

On a side note bought a local sim for 100 pesos 7$can Ang got 30 days north america calling and 1gb data. Smiley Happy. I hate comparing our prices with other countries lol


Enjoy your break away from winter and high cell prices.  I used to make this comparison all the time.  Then I started looking at the bigger picture.  If you want to pay $7 a month for cellular service instead of $40, you have to live in Mexico in this particular case.  No knock against Mexico, we beat them handily on most livable countries in the world surveys.

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

That is awesome to hear (that you're taking some time off to go on a cruise)!

 

Oh and thanks for reporting back on those findings, that is interesting indeed. Which cruise are you on?

 

Hope you enjoy the sun and time away from the PM community!

Mayor / Maire

Re: Cellular at sea

@closng on the grand princess 10 days return from San Fran. 

 

Waiting to disembark at mazatlan. Using mexican sim to browse web, ship internet so slow and costly.

 

 

@Brooke_C or @Moderator_Team any ideas why phone works with cruise ship cellular at sea network? Oversight, bug, by design?

Moderator

Re: Cellular at sea

Hey @mimmo_L,

 

That does sound rather odd - we would need to inquire about this because I don't have a definite answer for you. If it is a bug though, that's a lucky one!

 

Cheers,

 

Mary

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