The Standard + BGAN Internet service is never suspended. It is a consumer grade plan has the same priority routing as the popular IsatHub service used by 1000's worldwide. This plan can transfer a lot of data for a per-Megabyte cost that is far lower than Standard BGAN service. Standard+ monthly tiered plan bills for usage (over 20 MBs) during any calendar month resetting on the last day at 11:59:59 PM GMT (A calendar month is January, February, March, etc...). The Standard + plan is paid annually the first year and then billed $63 a month thereafter. Service includes 20 Megabytes each calendar month, and if over 20 Megabytes are used during any calendar month, after that month ends Ground Control will bill a fixed flat-rate at these tiered levels:
BGAN INTERNET USAGE TIERS PER MONTH (FLAT RATE BILLING):
►Usage from 0 Megabytes to 20 Megabytes in a month is included in the $63 monthly subscription fee.
►Total monthly usage from 20 to 100 MBs billed at $245 USD or $2.45 per MB with 100 MBs used (Tier 1)
►Total monthly usage from 100 to 250 MBs billed at $420 USD or $1.68 per MB with 250 MBs used (Tier 2)
►Total monthly usage from 250 to 500 MBs billed at $695 USD or $1.39 per MB with 500 MBs used (Tier 3)
►Total monthly usage from 500 to 1,000 MBs billed at $1,135 USD or $1.13 per MB with 1,000 MBs used (Tier 4)
►Total monthly usage from 1,000 to 5,000 MBs billed at $2,145 USD or $0.43 per MB with 5,000 MBs used (Tier 5)
►Total monthly usage from 5,000 to 10,000 MBs billed at $2,795 USD or $0.30 per MB with 10,000 MBs used (Tier 6)
►Total monthly usage from 10,000 to Unlimited Use is billed at $4,145 USD (Tier 7)
Please note that Inmarsat reserves the right to slow data speeds up to 128 Kbps if over 30,000 MBs are used during any calendar month.
The maximum monthly charge using Standard+ would be tier 5 at $4,145, no matter the amount of Internet usage used in month.
After the 1st annual payment, the service will revert to a monthly payment of $63 USD and stay active until cancelled by the subscriber.
Standard+ Plans are ideal for emergency use when service is really needed, and usage is billed a low fixed price. Public service agencies (as well as other organizations and professionals) can predict fixed costs for disasters or any event when funds are available, and without having to contact Ground Control since unlimited use is available at any time.
Other services billed at $0.99/min calling any phone worldwide with free incoming calls, SMS messaging is billed at $0.50 with free incoming SMS messages. Inmarsat has stated that this service is not for open ocean use.