Ouch taking a teenager offshore, I don't know that sounds dangerous. Not sure who would make it back to shore, me or my teenagers?! :laugher Heck I can't even get them to take out the garbage.Good questions. Satellite communication gives internet signal. The SkyMate allows WiFi aboard for other devices. Yep, I am talking about blue water passages. Here is my understanding. I have a sat phone aboard but data cost rates are very high. My own WiFi hotspot in the middle of the ocean sounded like a nice ATON. But transmission rates are low enough to keep email to a minimum. No large attachments such as pictures (I would have liked that). No chance of my teenage son using it for gaming, which I would not like at sea. Its a good story. Does it work? That is why I am posting.
But on a serious note, if the connection speed is decent then it might be worth it. This was in the FAQ:
So they are saying this is how long of service? Does sound quite limiting. Might be better off with the 2 way messaging the DeLorme In Reach. Then there was this nugget:Q: How much is 30,000 characters of email?
A: Each line of text is about 100 characters long. So with 30,000 characters you can send about 300 emails that are one line each, or about 100 emails that are three lines each, or about 30 emails that are 10 lines each.
So how up to date is there software? Come on that was 8 years ago that Vista was released.Q: Does SkyMate work with Windows Vista?
A: Vista is Microsoft's newest operating system. It was released well after SkyMate software. If you have a new computer with Vista, download these instructions to allow SkyMate to run. If you need additional assistance call SkyMate technical support.