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    Is it possible to get internet anywhere? Including the middle of the ocean?

    Is there a way to get internet if you're out in the middle of the ocean, or in the middle of a desert? Is there a mobile sat internet?

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    Yes, cruise ships have internet access via satellite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Yes, cruise ships have internet access via satellite.
    How mobile is it though? I'm looking for something I can backpack with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
    Is there a way to get internet if you're out in the middle of the ocean, or in the middle of a desert? Is there a mobile sat internet?
    You can use internet and voice services via satellite in remote locations, but the costs of doing so are prohibitive for most people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
    How mobile is it though? I'm looking for something I can backpack with.
    In the middle of the ocean, huh? Can you walk on water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    In the middle of the ocean, huh? Can you walk on water?
    Almost.

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    So why do you want the internet then? To distract and annoy you while you are supposed to be enjoying yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    So why do you want the internet then? To distract and annoy you while you are supposed to be enjoying yourself?
    No. Mainly to let my family know I'm safe and to post pictures/updates to a blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
    You can use internet and voice services via satellite in remote locations, but the costs of doing so are prohibitive for most people.
    Can you point me in the right direction? When I look up satellite radio I find only dish systems that require a car to mount them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
    No. Mainly to let my family know I'm safe and to post pictures/updates to a blog.
    How about this for the former?

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    Yea I would have one of those anyways. Keeping my family updated works both ways. They get to know I'm safe and I get to keep my sanity if I'm in a long stretch where I don't see people for a long time.

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    BGAN satellite

    But if you're just letting people know where you are and if you're okay - go with a satellite phone - smaller and a lot cheaper. (way more than a cellphone, but cheaper than satellite internet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
    No. Mainly to let my family know I'm safe and to post pictures/updates to a blog.
    I'm thinking the pictures from the middle of the ocean are all gonna look pretty much the same. Take one and post it each day.

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    There's something that the touring crowd is talking about called "the spot" - I think it's a GPS locator. try the touring forum here or crazyguyonabike.com. Not really up on what-all it does since I have zero interest in anyone keeping track of me.

    Don't be a slave to technology, just go backpacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    There's something that the touring crowd is talking about called "the spot" - I think it's a GPS locator. try the touring forum here or crazyguyonabike.com. Not really up on what-all it does since I have zero interest in anyone keeping track of me.

    Don't be a slave to technology, just go backpacking.
    Yea that was linked to in the posts above. There's nothing wrong with wanting to stay connected to the world, ie family.

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    Where are you going to be backpacking?
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    Check Atlantic Radio Telephone - http://www.atlanticrt.com/index.cfm

    They're not cheap; my plan is about $85/month + usage for emergency service for 2 phones. Plus close to $2K each for the phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
    Where are you going to be backpacking?
    Who knows? Africa maybe? I wouldn't mind trying a human powered attempt across the atlantic/pacific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Check Atlantic Radio Telephone - http://www.atlanticrt.com/index.cfm

    They're not cheap; my plan is about $85/month + usage for emergency service for 2 phones. Plus close to $2K each for the phones.
    Hot damn that's expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by permanentjaun View Post
    Who knows? Africa maybe? I wouldn't mind trying a human powered attempt across the atlantic/pacific.
    Ok that's only good for the rich... but honestly satellite tv... c'mon I'd rather have internet over TV... and what would you watch at sea anyways...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Yes, cruise ships have internet access via satellite.
    That's something different. Ships have the equivalent of a satellite dish that keeps locked onto a signal. That's rather expenive for an individual.

    The other option is a satellite phone. They cost roughly $1,000 and the cost per minute is really high- close to $0.80 to $1.50.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    You can also try Globalstar.

    http://www.globalstar.com/
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