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Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by chado100, Aug 14, 2012.

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    Hi every1.
    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
    Chad
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    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! ;)
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    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.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
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