Originally Posted by BigNickMontana
Does anyone know any good options for getting internet in the pacific north west on the water?
It depends upon what you want/need to use the internet for... At best, we can stream a movie
; at worst, we can still do SMS and text-only email
. These using a combination of cell and sat phones. [We have a WiFi booster, but open WiFi seems to be extinct, and I understand why...]
We traverse a good chunk of the PNW (Alaska-British Columbia-Washington; mostly anchoring
out) and have always had great success using our US AT&T mobile phones as a hot spot when we can receive a cell signal...
One of our AT&T cell phones typically lives in a booster cradle
with an external antenna
and feeds the internet connection via our wireless router [WiriePro
- which also brings in distant WiFi, but there is rarely open, available WiFi these days... The WiriePro also has its own cell modem
with its own data only SIM card if you don't want to use your cell phone
When we cannot pick-up a cell or WiFi signal, we rely on our sat phone
using UUplus email service
for Wx, email, SMS, and voice.
This is what we could afford vs., say, an Iridium Pilot
or the like.
Sidebar re: Cell data: We use a Canada Bell prepaid SIM in an older unlocked iPhone when in Canada- where data is too expensive for us for all but the barest of essentials... We don't let that influence our duration of stay, however, as it is such beautiful country...
AT&T is playing/teasing with some reasonable appearing Canada roaming options (i.e., I haven't read the fine print yet...) that cost about the same as the Bell Canada prepaid plan, so next time we visit we may just stay with AT&T...
Cell data is an area that is in continual flux- not always in favor of the consumer- at least in the US and Canada...
We were lucky enough to keep upping our AT&T cell data plan during what I call the 'data wars' a couple of years back. We currently get 40GB/month roll-over data for US$150/month on a family plan [in addition to the base family cell plan fees...]
Since cell data is all we have [i.e., can afford...] since we adopted this lifestyle, 40GB/month is about right for us- when combined with land WiFi as needed for keeping up with upgrading too many computing devices onboard...
I have detailed posts on these topics on my blog, and will be happy to provide those links if you are interested.
Best wishes with your new boat-to-be...