Worldwide; $275 to $17,000, plus airtime
Marine satellite connectivity extends globally, but the equipment and airtime can be pricey
The InReach Smartphone ($275, inreachdelorme.com) by DeLorme is a text communicator with 150-character messaging. $9.95 per month.
The SPOT Global Phone ($499, findmespot.com) provides service starting at $25 a month.
Iridium’s 9555 Handheld Phone ($1,400, iridium.com) with AxcessPoint ($150) lets you e-mail from a wireless device. $1.25 per minute.
The FB150 Satellite Terminal ($7,300) from Intellian (intelliantech.com) provides Internet and e-mail access at 150 Kb per second. Airtime starts at $149 per month.
KVH’s V3 VSAT Terminal ($17,000) offers 2 Mb per second service. Voice service starts at 49 cents per minute and data packages at $49 per month.