Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: Phones Apps
We have the 3rd generation iPad with wireless capability. My son bought it for us because he knew we'd want the GPS capability for the boat, even though we don't want to pay monthly fees for wireless. So we've used it on WiFi at home and other hotspots, and I've tethered it to my phone a couple of times when I needed some data while underway. I can confirm, with certainty, that the GPS works without wireless, since we never signed up for wireless. Obviously you need to cache your charts, ActiveCaptain data, etc. locally if using it without wireless.
If you, like me, don't want to pay for data, you should consider T-mobile, who just announced 200 MB/month of free wireless data for tablets. You need to get a microSIM card from them (99 cents online), and there may be a one-time $10 activation fee (I've heard mixed reports about this). But after that, it's free forever as long as you stay under 200 MB. I just got the microSIM in the mail, and I'll be activating tonight or tomorrow, so I'll let you know if there's an activation fee.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, 50 Ton Master and OUPV
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina