Originally Posted by simonpickard
"To receive the grib files I have to use the Iridium Mail & Web application which will be billed as extra data minutes to my monthly bill."
I hope not. I would have thought data is data.
I haven't read anywhere that data outside of the apps is chargeable.
However, if you just want it as a backup why would you pay for the expensive unlimited plans?
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list says; the unlimited data is only for Iridium GO Data (via Access Number 88160000330) which I suspect the data through the Iridium GO application only. To receive emails you have to use the Iridium Mail & Web application which I believe connects using your sim card number, hence billed extra. I understand from the website, you can also connect your laptop
to the Iridium GO device, again with the Mail & Web application but, this is also extra data charged to your monthly bill.
Anyways, if all this data was really unlimited, don't you think it's too good to be true?
The reason I would want the unlimited plan, if it was really unlimited of course, is exactly because it's a back up for the SSB
. In case the SSB stops working and we start using the Iridium GO when crossing, I wouldn't want to run out of units and got disconnected from the world. I would take the unlimited plan for a month, just for the crossing, for $125-145, and then throw away the sim card. Then buy another one when I need again. So, the unlimited plan would not be expensive at all.
On the other hand, if you get the prepaid plan, you pay about $900 for 30000 units and the charge is 30 units per minute. Let's say you connect once a day for ten minutes (300 units per day). Then your units will finish in 100 days, in about 3 months. So, your monthly expense will be $300/month for a 10 minute per day connection, which is uncomparable to $125/month for unlimited data.
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