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  • Mikeact

    Apart from signing up to the ships satellite communications, what’s the best way way to keep in touch with home on a long sea voyage ? I have four esims, data only loaded but in the middle of the ocean….?

    Alex G

    Your only real option is to pay to use the ship’s internet and use Whatsapp or email. If you try to use your phone for roaming through the ship’s phone signal, you will be crippled by the costs. EE, for example, charge £3 a minute for making calls at sea.


    If it were almost anywhere else on earth I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a Spot X satellite messenger. As you are going to be in IO I would check the Garmin in reach if you don’t want to go full earphone.

    I did go full Satphone ( Inmarsat iSatphone) Its nice and retro which means predictive text messaging. Though I mainly use it for calls. Inmarsat does have a free web to phone message service which can be useful for people to reach out.,

    Blair Waldorf Salad

    Reminds me of those phone lines in the News of the World one could ring to speak to lovely ladies; and for sone reason they all resolved in the small print to a Diego Garcia number.

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