An update on internet options, strong cellular and variable WiFi results

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

3 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    Hi Ben, I can confirm good experience with the Verizon $65 service using an 8800SL
    On our cruise CT-FL and back (now Baltimore coming back). Also true a few spots like Boca Lake where the surrounding hi rise condos seem to kill or eat the cell capacity. Brian

  2. Ben, Can the Verizon pre-paid SIM card deal be stopped and started easily, which might be very useful to seasonal cruisers?

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      I did some research on this but I haven’t been able to find a firm answer. Verizon offers the option to suspend your service, but for their prepaid plans this appears to only be if you’ve lost your phone.

      However, with prepaid service, you’re not under any sort of contract so you could just cancel the service for the layup portion of your season. But, you then run the risk they might not be offering the plan to new subscribers, which happens pretty frequently with cell carriers.

      Everyone’s circumstances are different but for our use even if we’re not on the boat we’ve found plenty of use for the hotspot. We are usually in the car for many hours when we’re not on the boat (often driving to and from the boat) and having a strong connection in the car cuts down dramatically on the dreaded “are we almost there?” We currently have two plans and when we’re not on the boat I still want reliable connectivity to monitor the boat.

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