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Question Internet by satellite telephone?

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I'm checking the possibilities of connecting to internet with a Iridium 9505A (a Motor-ola), it should be possible and work fine, but I can't find much information about it.
Does anybody have experience of this? Everything that's needed with hardware and software should be in their Data Kit (exept one COM2 to the USB converter), are there any alternitives to this?

What about prices? How about the 50% "land tax"?

There are also compromising programs (mailasail.com and others) where you can work with mail, blog and stuff on the computer and then just connect when everything is uploaded. Any experince of this? Or alternitives? Do they require subscription?

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Not a really good idea... satellite phones charge by the megabyte... and don't provide very fast connections...

You're much better off using SSB, but can only do limited e-mail—sailmail to be exact.

As for blogging, you can post to some blogs via an e-mail.

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There is an article in this Novembers' issue of Pacific Yachting that covers someones experience with a Iridium Satelite phone. Tells all the pros & cons plus some alternatives, check it out first before spending any $$$.
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Thanks for the advice so far

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There is an article in this Novembers' issue of Pacific Yachting that covers someones experience with a Iridium Satelite phone. Tells all the pros & cons plus some alternatives, check it out first before spending any $$$.
I'm sorry but I'm really quit unable to get the Pacific Yachting where I live. Would you or anybody mind explaining some of the basic information in it? Would be so great if you could!
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If you're going to use Iridium for internet, it would be cool to have a direct link to your bank so that you can see your cash evaporating before your eyes.

And don't get me wrong - I wouldn't go on a voyage without an Iridium phone on board.


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