About the author

Craig  Johnson is currently the development manager at The Cellcast Group, a global leader in the provision of participation television programming and interactive mobile content.

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Profile:

  • Extensive experience managing and training technical resources in Brazil, Europe, Middle-East, South-America & South-East Asia
  • Proven track record in coordination, project management and delivery of interactive broadcast solutions
  • Extensive Web-service, client-server and multidisciplinary application programming experience
  • Specialist database design, performance monitoring, tuning, deployment and administration skills
  • Solid systems architecture experience spanning broadcast, web, telecoms and wireless platforms
  • Innovative and valuable when brainstorming and conceptualizing products and solutions
  • Proven ability to deliver projects in foreign markets and work in foreign countries

7 Responses to About the author

  1. D Costa says:

    Craig,

    Are you from the US or Australia?

  2. Longshore drifter says:

    Hi Craig,
    Just came across your blog and have enjoyed reading your posts about living on Tortola.
    I’m a freelance reporter/writer and English teacher considering doing the same type of thing, a second time around.

    Wondering if Internet access is good and reliable, its cost and the cost of a l-t rental?

    Best,
    AB

    • Ted says:

      Craig – I have the same questions. Also, have you had to apply for an extension once you’ve hit the 30 day limit – if not, how did you get past this requirement?

      • Craig P Johnson says:

        Hi Ted,

        I signed up for a pay per month EDGE account with CCT Boatphone. They run on the Cable & Wireless network. I had to buy a modem as it’s CDMA. It’s EDGE so it was a little slow for streaming video etc, however it was reliable on Tortola. There are also places you can get free and pay per/hour/minute WiFi. Often you need to buy a coffee or something. I found it easier just to have my own modem as it meant that I didn’t have to worry about WiFi when renting accommodation roaming around etc. CCT Boatphone have an office in Road Town.

        There may be a better option on Tortola now for mobile internet. It was about $70 USD per month without a contract for EDGE with CCT Boatphone.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_in_the_British_Virgin_Islands http://www.sailonline.com/charterers/Email_access.html

        As for long term accommodation, it’s definitely available. I was there in the off season so I was able to negotiate good monthly rates (for Tortola) with guesthouses. I negotiated a nice 1 bedroom self contained apartment in front of the water for $1,000 USD. In peak months you will struggle because it’s just not worth it for the owners to rent monthly when they can make the same in a week from short term tourists. However if you do your homework beforehand, you could rent a house depending on how long term you plan to stay. Also there are always people looking to rent rooms on a share bases. Check the BVI Beacon classifieds online😉

        In regards to Visa requirements:

        When I got off the boat at Road Town immigration, they asked me how long I plan to stay. At this point, try and get as many days as you can. They may only give you a max of 30 days though. Then before my Visa ran out I went into the Road Town Immigration office and took my passport, proof that I was employed outside the BVI’s and some other documents, one stating that I didn’t have a criminal record (anything that would support my request to stay longer). There was a fee to extend my Visa but they were helpful and it was a relatively easy process of simply talking to the immigration officer and explaining my situation.

        I hope that helps. Enjoy!

        Craig

    • Craig P Johnson says:

      Hi Longshore drifter,

      I signed up for a pay per month EDGE account with CCT Boatphone. They run on the Cable & Wireless network. I had to buy a modem as it’s CDMA. It’s EDGE so it was a little slow for streaming video etc, however it was reliable on Tortola. There are also places you can get free and pay per/hour/minute WiFi. Often you need to buy a coffee or something. I found it easier just to have my own modem as it meant that I didn’t have to worry about WiFi when renting accommodation roaming around etc. CCT Boatphone have an office in Road Town.

      There may be a better option on Tortola now for mobile internet. It was about $70 USD per month without a contract for EDGE with CCT Boatphone.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_in_the_British_Virgin_Islands http://www.sailonline.com/charterers/Email_access.html

      As for long term accommodation, it’s definitely available. I was there in the off season so I was able to negotiate good monthly rates (for Tortola) with guesthouses. I negotiated a nice 1 bedroom self contained apartment in front of the water for $1,000 USD. In peak months you will struggle because it’s just not worth it for the owners to rent monthly when they can make the same in a week from short term tourists. However if you do your homework beforehand, you could rent a house depending on how long term you plan to stay. Also there are always people looking to rent rooms on a share bases. Check the BVI Beacon classifieds online😉

      I hope that helps. Enjoy!

      Craig

  3. Longshore drifter says:

    Great. Thx, Craig.

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