Originally Posted by MarkJ
How many minutes does it take to download weather area?
from total start to total fisinh of call ie how much u pay?
GMN Xgate costs about $250 / year, but I believe you can sign up for a short-term plan.
The time to connect and download obviously depends on how much data you are getting. Xgate is very good with fast connections. I typically download about 300KBytes of WX info (Grib, and wfax images
from saildocs), and this might take ten minutes. If you are only downloading a small 10 KByte grib, you should be on and off in less than 30 seconds. A more detailed 30 KByte grib might take a minute. (All times are from memory, and are approximate).
The satphone connection is billed by the minute (most people pre-pay for a block of minutes). The per-minute cost ranges from $2/min to $0.90/min, depending on how big a block you buy.
Look at GMN's different plans. They have a WX data service
that they make sound pretty reasonable, but I haven't tried it. I have been an Iridium
/ Xgate customer for many years.