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With my cellphone contract completed, and my cell phone now obsolete (it IS two year old technology after all) I''m off to hunt down the next best offer available. This time I''ll expand to a regional (SouthEast) plan or a national plan with free long-distance.
Now the boat part. My boat is a mobile interest, seldom staying in the same port longer than two months. I''ve tried keeping my sailing and business time separate, but now the reality is that if I could check e-mail occasionally, I could spend more time on the boat.
Few marinas I''ve been to offer transient phone service. From what little I know, I understand that connecting to the internet via cellphone is VERY slow, 14000 baud being the max. I''m thinking for e-mails, this would be acceptable (wasn''t a 9800 baud modem the hotest thing about 10 years ago). I know there are services that use SSB, but I need to be able to check my regular e-mail account so my absense is transparent to my clients.
So, the question. Does anyone have any experience, suggestions or advice on what service would be best (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint...) what hardware would be the best match (phone, modem cards, etc), and if there is a way to take advantage of that 47'' antenna pole I have sticking out of my boat (the mast) to improve the connection.
Most of my travels are on the ICW between the Bay and Florida.