Keeping in Touch
With so much of our communication now e-mail and Internet based, I'm constantly asked by cruisers how they can stay connected. With service providers coming and going, making the right choice of equipment is a confusing task. One company, KVH Industries (401-847-3327, www.kvh.com), in Middletown, Rhode Island, continues to lead the way with award-winning products. This year, several important innovations continue that trend. The introduction of the KVH Tracphone 252 brings offshore telephone service to a new level. By combining the ultra-sensitive magnetic sensor with the antenna--it was previously mounted separately--installation problems have been virtually eliminated. The system, one of the most compact available, offers full-service access to the Inmarsat Mini-M network, which you can use almost anywhere in the world. With over 85,000 users worldwide, the Mini-M is the most popular satellite service for voice, data, fax, and e-mail. For the last four years running, KVH's Tracphone 25 has won the National Marine Electronics Association's prestigious "Best Satellite Telephone" category. With a retail price of $6,000, the new 252 promises to follow in the Tracphone 25's footsteps.