This is my first post.
I do a lot of fishing sometimes 200nm out to sea.
I would like to get Internet out there so I can Skype and email maybe even surf the net.
I have just been told I have a heart disease and instead of having a sat phone I thought it would be a better option to use my iPad can any1 tell me if this can be done.
Thanks in advance
I would say the Iridium OpenPort network is your closest bet. Could be costly, seems they offer the marine receiver and modem in pair. Then I would imagine it is simple to connect to a WiFi transmitter for your boat.
Edit: I just checked the prices. Skype calls could get pretty salty at 2K a month + 5K initially for the equipment. Have fun! ;)
Cellular won't work at those distances from the shore.
At those prices it might be worth looking into short term sat phone rental. I have seen Sat phones for rent at £20UKP a day (with £2000 returnable deposit) data prices were ~£6 a megabyte so watch-out.
Sort of off-topic, you could however receive weather maps with your ipad, you will need a shortwave radio and an app called HF Weather Fax from Blackcat Systems.