While aware of utilization and airtime costs when cruising, we do send and receive text emails fairly freely, and we try to talk to family at home every week, even when we're offshore. Sending and receiving several midsize text-only emails might cost 25 to 50 cents-a small price to pay to be connected with family and friends.
Except for rare urgent situations, however, we don't use these sat-coms for web browsing, as surfing remains costly even with these systems. Remember, an average 1- to 1.5-megabyte webpage download will cost $10 to $20, so this is something most of us can't afford to do very often. When push comes to shove, however, and you need additional weather or voyaging information or must transfer funds, check a balance, or make a reservation, paying $12 to $20 from paradise can feel like a bargain.