Hello, we're full time cruisers (currently in Panama). Why go cold turkey
? There is free WiFi
at most marinas
(and coffee shops, stores, etc...) and USB plug-ins available cheaply almost everywhere you have phone
signal...sometimes up to 10 miles offshore
. Here, Panama
provides FREE WiFi
for the city including the anchorages
City) and you don't even need a booster antenna
aboard to get great signal. For other areas, a good hint is to get an Extreme Bad Boy WiFi antenna
booster - we get signals up to 5 miles away (yes really) and it works great.
works well with the USB Banda Ancha (about $30-$40/mo) that can be re-charged at any OXXO store ...it's easy. And, if you want email
anywhere, get your Ham license
(General) and use Winlink (Free) - or subscribe to Sailmail (about $240/year) and use your SSB radio
. A great place for more cruisers information is the yahoo group Southbound southbound_group : The Southbound Group
...it also provides lots of great information for cruisers.
Hope to see you out here!