Marlin Apartments, the leading serviced apartment provider in London has entered into a strategic partnership with Tink Labs, a Hong Kong-based technology incubator to introduce complimentary UK and international calls as well as internet access to all guests on-the-go.
Handy, an innovative flagship smartphone from Tink Labs will be available across Marlin’s portfolio of more than 650 London apartments from September 2016 onwards. All Marlin guests will receive a virtual mobile number through the devices from which they can make not only free local calls but also international calls to 10 countries including the U.S., Germany, India and China. Unlimited internet access will also be available on the devices.
Applications such as Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter will be pre-loaded on the smartphones coupled with a regularly updated London travel guide, enabling guests to remain connected around the clock and well-informed about London’s latest events and special offers. All personal data and browsing history will be automatically cleared from the devices after check-out.
Susan Cully, Managing Director of Marlin Apartments says: “The idea of combining the functionality of a personal smartphone and concierge service into one integrated device is industry-forward. We are delighted to have joined forces with Tink Labs to empower our guests to personalise their stay at Marlin regardless of their geographic locations.”
“Whilst we make a range of ancillary services even more accessible, we are hoping for our guests to benefit from a further enhanced home-away-from-home experience,” she comments.
Terence Kwok, Founder and CEO of Tink Labs says: “Handy’s partnership with Marlin Apartments marks a tremendous leap forward in establishing our global presence and is testament to the importance of complete mobile connectivity in today’s tourism. Our services will be an extremely valuable asset for expanding the hospitality footprint of Marlin.”