Smart partners with Next Wave manning agency

Bringing overseas Filipino workers closer to home through communication solutions has always been a priority of Smart Communications.

In line with this, Smart strengthened its partnership with Next Wave Maritime Management, Inc. (NWMMI), one of the fastest growing manning agencies in the Philippines, to provide its pool of seafarers the Smart All Abroad SIM, a more affordable and dependable means to keep in touch with their families back home while visiting various ports worldwide.

The Smart All Abroad SIM is a roaming SIM for seafarers, which use a downloadable dialer that allows one to call, text, and send emails to the Philippines and other countries at affordable rates and easy to use interface.

To serve seafarers better, the All Abroad SIM has been enhanced with the Textmate service. Textmate allows the seafarer to send and receive SMS from the Philippines for only P2/text. Textmate can be accessed directly by dialing access codes and there is no need to download an app. This service is best used on ports where 3G/4G signal of the local carrier is weak or unstable allowing the seafarer to text anywhere in the world.

“Keeping families of Overseas Filipinos despite the distance is a responsibility we take to heart. As an industry that deploys the most number of global Filipinos, the maritime industry needs our support in helping our seafarers connect with their loved ones especially with their critical role in nation building,” says Joel S. Lumanlan, head of Smart Global Access and International Services.

“We are grateful Smart came up with an innovative product like the Smart All Abroad SIM. This will enable our officers and crew to get in touch with their loved ones at more affordable rates wherever they may be. Home is indeed closer now to our seafarers,” said Captain Jose Remo Librodo, president of NWMMI. NWMMI agency is owned by Singapore-based MTM Ship Management Pte Ltd., which is into competitive ship management with a fleet of 45 vessels for owners based in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, USA and United Kingdom.

The All Abroad SIM is automatically set to ‘roam’ so a user simply needs to download the app, register and load in order to use the service. With the All Abroad SIM, sending a regular SMS or an email with a 100,000 character limit starts at PhP2 only, while calls starts at just PhP8 per minute. Users can also subscribe to Smart’s 300-peso call or text buckets, which provide SMS at only PhP1 per message and PhP3 per minute of calls for Smart, TnT and Sun. Credits can be added using All Abroad top up card or regular E-load from any Smart retailer.

Smart is the only wireless communications service provider in the country that offers the capability and experience to fully serve the needs of the maritime industry. [PR]