I gave away our GlobalStar equipment because the satellites were too unreliable. Spot is GlobalStar. So that leaves Iridium or local cell and/or local wifi.
It has been 6 years since we have been in the Caribbean. GlobalStar says they have new satellites, but they lied to all their users so much 6 years ago, I will never trust them.
You also need to remember that, for the most part, all sat phones are designed to be one way calling. The generally are not designed to carry in your pocket or set on a table inside the boat so that your daughters can reach you by text or call.
I would try local wifi/skype and/or local cell. You may have to get new SIMs at each island, but you'll be going ashore anyway. Then if that doesn't work for you, GMPCS in FL can ship you an iridium phone to any island.
What about BlackBerry worldwide service. I would check into that as well.
CW Bill Rouse
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On Feb 15, 2014 4:34 PM, <sailw32@...
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
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