Originally Posted by DavidBond
Of course the coverage offered by Globalstar is different from Iridium, but is there any general consensus among the forum members?
From the many discussions with Cruising
skippers and crew - each system is different - in terms of cost , in terms of voice clarity, in terms of signal acquisition due to different azimuth angles. Not comparing apples with oranges - but rather cooking apples with eating apples, it is still difficult to compare. Check Wikis for further detail.
Email via modem and HF radio is more and more becoming the first choice to communicate while offshore. While inshore and when within signal range, wifi hot-spots provide easy access to cyberspace; If a cell-phone tower is in line of sight - dialing a number is simple.
Therefore, Satellite phone technology needs further development and come down in price for it to take a greater market share in the cruising community. Does that go some of the way to answer your question?
PS - How is your Privilege Catamaran info search going.