My Island WiFi offers U.S. service – $110 / month for unlimited internet

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

10 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Ben, I understand the value of truly unlimited data streaming from a cellular WiFi hotspot for web browsing, online work, and streaming videos and music — on my boat or wherever I am off the boat. But can a service like this completely replace a normal phone service account?

    For instance, while I know that my Pixel 2 and many other modern phones can make and take calls over WiFi, I’ve rarely used that feature and don’t know how well it works. And what about texting? And maybe most important, what about my phone number? Can it be transferred to a My Island WiFi account or similar? Or is keeping a minimal cell plan on the phone the best strategy?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Ben,

      Unless you’re willing to put up with some pretty significant limitations (like only having phone service when you’re at the boat) this would be a service to augment what your phone plan gives you.

      I think I remember that you’re on a grandfathered plan with Verizon that allows you unlimited tethering. That’s not an option available directly from most of the carriers and I don’t know of any other plan that claims a threshold as high as 1.5 TB for traffic management.

      I’ve used WiFi calling and found it to be viable the majority of the time but really frustrating in those cases when it doesn’t — and as RickG notes that’s frequently when the network is stressed and it’s going to be worse in WiFi than when making calls directly against the cellular network. WiFi calling does support texting and you could port your number to google voice or a similar service to retain it if you canceled your phone plan. But, I think that’s all moot as I wouldn’t recommend going that route, though possibly scaling back your phone plan could be an option.

      Ben S.

      • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

        Well, sounds like WiFi calling is not a good idea for prime phone service, but why would a My Island WiFi user only have service on the boat? Isn’t the Aircard 770 quite portable?

        By the way, I gave up my grandfathered unlimited Verizon service a few years ago, and while that was probably a mistake, Verizon service in the wonderful cruising grounds east of Camden is quite spotty. AT&T shows LTE almost everywhere along the Maine coast, but I’m skeptical.

  2. RickG says:

    We used Wi-Fi calling using our AT&T plan over Island Wi-Fi in the Bahamas for three months this year. It worked reasonably well when there was enough bandwidth. During Regatta week in Georgetown the network was saturated and Wi-Fi calls did not work while using the mobile network for calls did.

  3. Luis Soltero Luis Soltero says:

    Does the plan work in Canada or Mexico? The standard ATT plans work internationally for an additional $10 per day. Does Island WiFi offer something similar? or does this plan only work in the Bahamas and USA?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Luis,

      Though things aren’t official yet the indication I got was that the plan will work in Canada and Mexico without any additional expense.

      Also I wanted to clarify because I probably didn’t make it clear enough. The U.S. plan is separate from the Bahamas plan. Each has its own SIM card and a U.S. My Island WiFi SIM won’t give you service in the Bahamas and vice versa.

  4. Will says:

    Could the My Island SIM work in the Shakespeare WCT-1? Seems like it would be ideal.

  5. Dave Geer says:

    Just signed up for this. The sales entry form wanted to know duration of service. I picked a month for purposes of trial. Can they establish recurring billing if we decide to keep the plan do you know?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I do believe (though not from first-hand experience) they do recurring billing. My understanding is that billing doesn’t stop until the device is returned to them.

      Ben

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