There is much to say in response to your questions and I recommend a free no obligation satellite
communication consultation with one of the tech support folks at Global Marine
Networks. Satellite Communications Consultations
In the mean time here is some info about the Iridium
Go! to get you started.
The Iridium GO! is a great little device that allows you to use your cellphone to make satellite phone
calls, do compression email
, and do small bits of data like downloading weather
GRIB files. The unit itself costs $799.
There are two types of airtime for the Iridium GO!: prepaid and postpaid (subscription).
Iridium GO! Prepaid Airtime
The prepaid options for the GO! are as follows:
$518 - 200 Minutes with 6 Month validity
$720 - 500 Minutes with 12 Month validity
Right now, Iridium is running "double data minutes" for prepaid GO! cards. This means that if you used a 500 Minute card exclusively for data, you would have 1000 minutes for data.
Iridium GO! Postpaid Airtime
The postpaid options for the GO! all require 12 month subscriptions. Prices here are monthly.
$50.50 - GO! 5 (includes 5 minutes of data, no voice).
$81.50 - GO! 75 (includes 75 minutes of data, no voice).
$90.00 - GO! 150 (includes 150 minutes of data and unlimited SMS, no voice).
$135.00 - GO! Unlimited (includes unlimited data minutes and SMS, no voice).
If you're planning on using the GO! on a boat, we would recommend hooking up an external antenna
. For this installation
you would need:
$250 - External fixed mast antenna
$149 - $299 - Antenna cable (available in 10 meters, 15 meters, and 20 meters)
$46 - Iridium GO! external antenna adapter
Please note that the free email
and web-compression apps that come with the Iridium GO! are only compatible with tablets and smartphones. If you would like to use a laptop
or other computer with the GO! you will need to purchase
a subscription to XGate satellite
(which works with laptops, computers
, smartphones, and tablets).
If you are looking for a more marinized solution you may want to consider the Aurora: Aurora Iridium WiFi Terminal | Global Marine Networks
FYI XGate satellite data services also comes with a free subscription to PredictWind. XGate Satellite Phone Email| Iridium 9555, Inmarsat, Globalstar via XGate | GMN
For Coastal Cruising you also might want to consider the Halo Long Range WiFi
Extender Halo Long Range WiFi Extender | Global Marine Networks
and the cell booster GMN Recommended Marine Cell Booster
Here is a blog that may interest you about the cell booster: How a Cell Phone Booster Kit Enhances Coastal Cruising
The GMN website: Satellite Phones & Airtime | Satellite Email & Internet | Global Marine Networks
has an extensive Learning
Section with numerous white papers as well as a comprehensive blog about equipment