KVH’s TracPhone V30 announcement includes more affordable mini-VSAT service plans

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

4 Responses

  1. Affordable???It is only for the wealthy or people in high paid jobs working from their super yachts.For the average normal cruiser it is not an option

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Terry,

      I said more affordable, not affordable. Plus, I state several times throughout the article that satellite internet isn’t cheap. But, part of how any technology gets cheaper is by more people using it. Each little increment that the price comes down opens the market to more people. The more people who are using a technology, the easier it is to amortize the expenses of operating the network. In turn, that can help bring the price down even further.

      So, even if this price adjustment doesn’t bring the satellite down to the reach of everyone, it may be an incremental step along the way.

      -Ben S.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Funny, I’ve been recently enjoying SV Delos video posts from their anchorage in the Dry Tortugas and thinking they must be using their elaborate VSAT system to get the job done:

      https://panbo.com/sv-delos-much-more-than-fun-in-the-pacific/

      I also keep up with MV Dirona’s amazing cruising blog and am pretty sure that James is still working full time for Amazon Web Services largely thanks to KVH mini-VSAT:

      https://panbo.com/mv-dirona-deep-cruising-deeply-shared/

      I don’t think that either operation fits into “wealthy” or “super yacht” bags.

  2. Donald Joyce says:

    Sigh,
    Lets just say less expensive. “Affordable” brings in all sorts of unknown and emotional variables. We also do not know the finances or arrangements of the examples cited as not being in the “wealthy or super yacht” category. Their examples obviously make sense for them and yet we do not know why.

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