We’ve been using the Iridium Go for two years now and while it is basic communications and connectivity, we couldn’t imagine sailing about the world without it.
Why? Because being able to download the latest weather, send photos, text messages, emails and make calls from the middle of an ocean is pretty freakin’ incredible!
Ok, what is Iridium Go.
Sailors Need The Marine Package
Because we’re out on the open seas and not just going on a remote mountain trail, we have the PredictWind Iridium GO! Marine Package. It’s an outdoor antenna that is essential for connecting while sailing.
You can buy the Iridium Go from lots of places including Amazon ($1150) but…and a big but here, you’ll need the monthly service too and PredictWind has the best customer service, most flexible, and most affordable options across the board.
Iridium SIM Cards from PredictWind have no activation fees and open term contracts that can be canceled any time (they even pro-rate). This is very important! Because we can turn on and off the service as needed. If we are going to stay in one area for a month (or more) with good connectivity, why pay for a monthly service we won’t use!?
We activate our service just before each offshore passage. We always go with the unlimited data plan which is US$139.95/month. This gives us 150 min of voice calls and unlimited data. So, we can send photos, emails and download the weather as much as we want with no worries.
Plus, if you purchase through PredictWind, they offer a GPS tracking page for your boat. It can be embedded into your own blog or simply shared with family and friends. It has automatic hourly updates, so others can monitor your progress.
If you stop or have a drastic change in course, friends can see you may need assistance…and send you a text message. Like the time my uncle wondered why we had just made a sharp left turn. That’s when I had to explain that sailboat’s tack.