For a while now we've been doing a little research about what type of satellite communication device we were going to take with us. It's a little overwhelming to say the least. Between looking at carrier options, coverage, plan set-ups/cost and device options I think my eyes were beginning to go crossed.
Initially we had planned to get a satellite phone that we could use to contact family and get weather reports on. Besides being extremely expensive, we weren't really even sure we needed voice capabilities. We plan to buy an unlocked phone and get local SIM cards for voice/data as we move. What we really wanted was something that would let our families and friends know where we were with an ability to send/receive text messages.
|Lightly used, in great condition|
Then I read a post from Sundowner Sails Again talking about their choice of the Delorme inReach device and a light went off in my head. That's exactly what we need! And bonus: It's not out of this world expensive!
So we bought this bad dad on Ebay (saved $100 off retail) from someone who had used it for a few Atlantic crossings on a sailboat. Hey, if it worked for them it should be more than enough for us!
PLUS: We can get unlimited weather forecasts for a mere $80/year from SpotCast. $80 might sound like a lot, but trust me, it's a steal for something we need and will use regularly.
For a fraction of the cost of a satellite phone, I think our spiffy inReach will do just fine.