Originally Posted by Tom and Maje
Thanks everyone. I love this forum. Before I got on line here this morning, I found this. This initial start up is a little pricey, but they seem to have a plan for every cruising kitty. It doesn't go live until June. Iridium GO! - Wi-Fi Hotspot Equipment & Service
I think my dream has finally come true, if I'm reading it correctly.
A great idea (the device). Looks to be a Sat version of a MiFi cellular device. 2.x kilobytes a second. How can they even do voice over that little bandwidth?
Maybe if you had SailMail + Iridium GO?
I do not believe regular eMail would be feasible. Things like iCloud or GMail or whatnot with images
embedded would just stop as you waited for even the smallest image to load. They say a 100kb (hard to even compress an image down that small) image takes 5.x minutes to load...maybe a small logo is about this size. Most smartphone photos are 1-3mb ... talking hours for only just that image and nothing else.
..I'm trying to just putting perspective to it here...
Games, youtube, netflix, iTunes...don't even think about it with this device. I am still scratching my head
how they do voice at that speed. Am I missing something?
Skype: 100kbps recommended
Voice over IP (VOIP): 64kbps for G729 or 128kbps for G711
Maybe they have a different channel for voice that has more bandwidth or something.
Now I do wonder what if you bought 2, 3, 4 of these and found a way to get them working in parallel. I guess at that point just buy satellite
Anyone have one yet? I know it's not June but sometimes sample units end up in the field early.
I have to just wonder though do sailors really need to send/receive emails when they are far offshore
? Isn't this when we should be reading a book, watching DVDs, looking out on the horizon pondering the vast expanse of it all?