After August 31, 2012 Fleet Broadband users will no longer be able to activate their terminals under Inmarsat’s Fishing and Leisure (FL) plans. The FL plans, of which there are three options (5, 25 and 50 MB), have unique rules that cap usage beyond the included bundle. While the cap can curtail runaway usage, the fact that the service could be suspended mid-voyage created a risk for vessel operators and thus has been a less than popular plan.
The Fleet Broadband Standard plan with 10 MB of bundled data will remain available after August 31. Users who have not migrated from the FL plan before January 1, 2013 will be automatically migrated to the Standard plan.
Meanwhile, OCENS has introduced three variations of the Standard plan which provide additional savings for bundles of 25, 50 and 75 MB per month.
On August 1st, Inmarsat also introduced its Small Vessel Plan. Details regarding this plan will be covered in a separate blog post.
See the current FBB airtime plans and service agreement here: http://www.ocens.com/FleetBroadband-Airtime-W12C31.aspx