, available (everyday)?
Reliable, cheap, and available (all the time, 24/7)?
Originally Posted by Glassgow22
Hey guys I'm looking to do some cruising in the Caribbean mostly but I need to be able to have at least have email
and light internet access every single
day. For me, reliability
and affordability are paramount, would cheap satellite
options like iridium
go be the best bet? Is cell phone
3g/4g coverage in the Caribbean reliable? I'm assuming it might be decent near the coasts but not so good offshore... Is that a correct assessment? Thank you for any and all advice!!
Sorry about the attempt at humor
....it's just that this topic comes up all the time...
You'll find many threads here with all the gory details, including the costs involved....
But, in brief...
You must invest some money
and/or effort to accomplish this....yes, it is doable, but your success will ultimately be determined by how much money/effort you are willing to invest....
--- cellular coverage (in general) is good only in populate areas / close to shore....but, reliability and good bandwidth (even in these areas) will require you to have an external cellular antenna
connected to, an internal cellular amp (Wilson / Weboost) / your phone
--- paid wi-fi coverage can be good in spots (fewer each year) where it is available.... but, reliability / connectivity (even in these areas) will require you to have an external wi-fi antenna
/ client / modem
(Groove or Bullet HP) connected to, an internal wi-fi router / your computer...
--- cheap sat comm gear
(like Iridium Go, handheld Iridium sat-phone, or handheld INMARSAT phone) is VERY LOW SPEED DATA....2400 baud / 2.4kb....(that's about 20 times slower than dial-up modems of 20 years ago! and 100's of times slower than 3G!)
There is no "internet" available here with this, just VERY LOW SPEED data, SMS/text, emails...
And, the costs of equipment
and air time will be much higher than the other two options, above.
--- real sat comm terminals....they work
great! whether L-band / worldwide coverage, or Ku/Ka band regional VSAT service
But, these are not cheap in any description! (think $4k min for equipment
....and many $100's/month airtime, min....on average most users of these systems spend $10k - $40k for equip, and $1000/month for services) But, the good news is that anyone that actually needs these systems / services, expenses it all off as a cost-of-doing-business, so there is really no end-user cost issues (someone else is paying for it, whether it be a big corp or the clients themselves)
As I said there are plenty of details here abouts....the above is just the brief skinny.
Hope this helps.