Short answer: Yes, you can receive email and GRIB weather with a GSP 1700.
The GSP 1700 is a good solution. It is four times faster than Iridium
, but does not offer global coverage. So make sure you check the coverage map to make sure that there is coverage in your planned cruising area. To effectively use the GSP 1700 you should consider a docking
station with an external antenna
and an Optimizer from Global Marine
Networks or a GSP 9600 wifi
router from Globalstar. You will need to use compression
...XGate is a good solution, though with your Globalstar purchase
you will have access to the Sat-Fi app for FREE, which is a branded version of XGate. Note that with XGate you currently get a free subscription to the PredictWind weather software and data which is bundled with XGate.
You might also consider a Globalstar Sat-Fi which an Iridium
Go like device offered by Globalstar but includes an external antenna
for a total cost of about $1000. Again, email is offered for free by Globalstar with the Sat-Fi app or you can use subscription based XGate with the free PredictWind offering.
Note that XGate with the free PredictWind service
also works with the Iridium Go. However as with the Globalstar we recommend that you purchase
an external antenna for the Iridium Go!. The Iridium Go will provide world wide coverage, but it is four times slower than Globalstar, which makes it more expensive to use unless you download a lot of data and purchase the Go! unlimited airtime plan for $124 a month.
Here are some links you may find helpful:
GSP 1700 Globalstar GSP-1700 | Mobile Satellite Data and WiFi | Global Marine Networks
GSP 1700 docking
station Globalstar GSP-1700 Docking Station
(currently on sale)
GSP 9600 Globalstar 9600 | Satellite WiFi Hotspot | GMN
Global star coverage map Coverage Maps - Voice, Duplex, and Sat-Fi Service-Globalstar USA
Globalstar Sat-Fi Sat-Fi | Global Marine Networks
Globalstar airtime Globalstar Airtime
Iridium Go! Iridium GO! | Satellite Phone WiFi | Global Marine Networks
Iridium Go! antenna adapter Iridium GO! External Antenna Adapter | Global Marine Networks
Iridium Marine antenna Iridium External Antenna
XGate XGate Satellite Phone Email| Iridium 9555, Inmarsat, Globalstar via XGate | GMN
PredictWind PredictWind Marine Weather and Wind Forecasting Software | GMN
Sat-Fi apps Globalstar Sat-Fi
It seems to be getting down to your cruising area, cost analysis, and your preference for speed. GMN also offers a free satellite
consultation at Satellite Communications Consultations
I hope you find this post helpful.