Anyone using Iridium Go!?

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  1. 7raptor

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    Looking at the iridium Go! system to be able to send and receive texts from my jobsites while fishing...anyone using it successfully?
     
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    I just bought the Garmin inreach explorer for its iridium texting ability. It does the job but it’s SLOW for texts.
     
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    I actually used this all season last year. nice to get texts mid day to be at certain places. As well as text the wife and family at home while im 50 miles offshore. Love it. Also, all my friends could log on and text all their friends too.
     
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    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    you can rent one before you buy at:
    +1.800.279.2366
    www.satmodo.com

    super nice guys!
     
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    Wow. That thing is $$$$. I would love to have something where I can text home while on overnights but am to cheap to pay that kind of money. Anyone have a cheaper alternative?
     
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    Update to my previous reply. The Garmin inreach explorer texting isn’t prohibitively slow. About 45 seconds per text. There was a setting on it to listen continuously that must be changed from the factory default of 10minutes. Cost for unlimited text is $50/mo

    As a solution for communicating with family, backup charting, and an upgrade to epirb I think it hits the bullseye.
     
  8. errock_22

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    Are you saying in addition to an EPIRB, or in place of? I’m using a PLB that I keep on me at all times when I’m on the boat. I was going to get an EPIRB too but the ability to communicate is interesting.
     
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    My boat has epirb, life raft, and 2 way AIS. I will take all the safety I can get, BUT if i were going to invest in either an epirb or an inreach I would go with inreach. Once you activate the sos on an inreach, someone will contact you via text and you can communicate details to them while they deploy search and rescue or medical help as needed. The major difference is that the epirb has no monthly fee, while the inreach is an iridium device that requires a monthly subscription.
     
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    Got it. Makes sense.

    I’m liking the fact that I can keep it on me in case of a fall overboard. I would need my bay boat to turtle or sink unless I deployed an EPIRB manually. In our waters, crossing the channel, I’m more concerned about getting tossed out in shitty conditions. Kill switch or not, swimming back to a boat that is slowly drifting away in cold, sloppy conditions is not appealing. At least you could hit the SOS on the InReach and get a rescue underway if you get separated....at least you would know via communication they were on the way. With my PLB, I always felt like it was a pull and pray.
     
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    This is just for communication, in addition to PLB/EPIRB which is always on the boat. Basically my phone works at anacapa but not at cruz and instead of my phone saying 100 missed calls and no text ability I would be able to send and receive texts with iridium go. It's pretty cheap.
     
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    If you are thinking of a device for falling overboard I highly recommend this product. I recommend my passengers wear them, and require them if they are out on deck while we travel at night. They send out an SOS via DSC and AIS. Very small and they forget they are even wearing them.

    http://oceansignal.com/products/mob1/
     
  13. errock_22

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    I hear that....but it’s kind of nice to not have a signal sometimes. :D

    Nice! I’ll check it out.
     
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    It's for weekdays!!!

     
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    I’m sure it is, but that’s exactly when I don’t want to hear the damn thing. LOL
     
  16. Jason

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    Ali and I use the Iridium Go on our boat. Everyone can connect to it and text away. it's really nice for communicating with Billy so we aren't putting airwaves out while working together :). Satmoto is the way to go.
     
  17. errock_22

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    Wait......so you actually get my texts when I’m out there? :D

    @Jason Seriously though, does it work like the InReach for SOS and stuff or is it more of a big boat fixed mount hot spot?
     

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