Originally Posted by SV Demeter
[...] I use some software
that came with the phone
. [...] I thought about x gate and ocens and decided all they did was compress email
and for $250/year I could live without email
on passages or use the money
to but more air time.
XGate (and OCENS, which is the same core
software) do much more than compression
-- they use a fine-tuned protocol that is optimized for the high-latency, easily-disrupted satellite
network connections. They perform *much* better than regular email protocols. It's entirely possible that Iridium
Direct Connect also uses a similar optimized connection protocol, but I'm not familiar with it.
As for calling someone and asking for a weather forecast
, that certainly works for short passages. When I'm sailing 2200 miles between landfalls, I want a method that provides a bit more detail than that. And, I would rather make my own routing decisions. There are many ways to deal with passage
weather forecasts, and if you (anyone) don't want to work with satphones and email there are plenty of other quite reasonable options.