Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones
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From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Kent Robertson
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:21 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones
Do you have SSB? That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection. Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore. Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone. Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit. If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection. The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea. Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice. Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access. If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South again.
Brunswick GA USA