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Don't know why, but my Globalstar hookup has been much more constant over the last two months. Maybe they have sent up some of the old satellites while waiting on the launch of their new ones. 9600 baud is better rthan no baud, its much faster than SSB connection and the price is right with unlimited minutes. I use it when off-shore and where wi-fi is either unacailable or too expensive.
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I looked up Globalstar plans and the unlimited plan is $40/month -but seasonal or other monthly plans are farm more than that. What am I missing? My cell phone is a lot more than that.

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Goes down another $10 next year! They are trying to keep their customer base until the new sateelites are launched begining in one year from now.
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uhhh. what's a modem? Don't you just plug the blue cable into the back of the computer?

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Mark...there has been a huge issue with no satellite signal available and poor connectivity when you do get a call through due to older satellites. They have had to reduce prices to retain customers until the new birds get launched. Looks like things are getting better from specialD's post. 9600 baud is the throughput...I have a warm spot in my heart for G-Star as they saved our bacon in Grenada after the hurricane...but be prepared for disappointments along the way given the current satellite situation.

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In general my opinion is and has been that it's best to be prepared to get access any way you can get it. Be prepared to use WiFi w/ an assortment of external antennas for different situations, be prepared to use a telephone line with a modem, be prepared to use ethernet, etc. The O.P. didn't say they were leaving the states, but if you ever go to Mexico or latin America, etc, then you just have to use whatever is there. They have a lot of cyber cafes all over the place, much more than in the United States, with very reasonable rates. Offshore you still have SSB/Pactor-3 and other options and then of course satellite, etc.

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