Using the Internet on my laptop, however, was a very different experience--even though my DSL service is a relatively pokey 18Mbps down and 1Mbps up. Inmarsat says the IsatHub can deliver data at up to 384Kbps down and 240Kbps up. That's kilobits, not megabits. The best speeds I saw were considerably slower than that: 50Kbps down and 10Kbps up. Those are speeds I haven't seen my dial-up modem days.
But when you're thousands of miles from any other communications infrastructure, and you absolutely, positively need to send or receive data, or speak to someone in real time, expensive and slow really can be priceless when there's no other alternative.
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