Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Paul LaFrance <pflafrance@...>

Pat & Dave
Similiar to Bill we ditched our Globalstar. We use the Iridium. Text messages are free. We buy 500 minutes per year at 1.50 per minute. These can be rolled over if a further 500 minutes is purchased within the year. We have over 1400 minutes from these rollovers.
We also use our phone to download Grib files for weather when at sea. (Newport - BVI) We use a service Ocens weather net which is cheap when at sea, free when you have internet coverage. This overlays on open CPN.
Paul & Sue LaFrance
Currently in the USVI

To: amelyachtowners@...
From: sailw32@...
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:34:11 -0800
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones


We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
                                                                                                   SM Shenanigans

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