Vodafone Samoa sets up free WiFi on ferry service
Passengers traveling between Savai’i and Upolu can now enjoy free WiFi service courtesy of Vodafone Samoa as a festive season gift.
The telecommunications company announced in a media release that it launched a free 4G WiFi service on the MV Lady Samoa III on 23 December 2020, which is free to all passengers including non-Vodafone Samoa customers and is available on the top decks including the air-conditioned cabin.
Vodafone Samoa Chief Executive Officer, Nofoasaefa Satish Sharma, said they were the first to provide free WiFi at the Fiafia Park and now on the MV Lady Samoa.
He added that it is their way of giving back to the community and is a Christmas gift for all those who used the ferry during the festive season.
According to Nofoasaefa, it is his hope that passengers will enjoy the new free WiFi service and make the best use of their time without worrying about internet cost.
He added that the service will boost local tourism, help people stay connected, enjoy social media and keep up to date with the latest news during their journey.
“Providing wireless internet connections in a marine environment can be challenging, and we have taken time to complete extensive trials to ensure our 3G/4G service are up to satisfactory level and ensure passengers with good connectivity throughout the journey,” he said.
Samoa Shipping Corporation General Manager, Leiataua Samuel Decca Phineas, said that as part of their community and social obligations, the corporation is always supportive of initiatives that will benefit the people.
He added that the initiative also complements and adds value to the services on the vessel in order to make it an enjoyable trip for passengers between the two islands.
If a passenger would like to access the free WiFi on the ferry; they would need to open the WiFi settings on their mobile phone, laptop or any other data device of their choice. Find the name ‘Vodafone WiFi’ and connect to enjoy the free WiFi for the duration of the ferry’s trip.