KVH Tracphone FB150
KVH has joined the growing list of suppliers that are offering phone and Internet services through Inmarsat's new Fleet Broadband 150. With a dome that is just 13.5" in diameter and that weighs a little over 11 pounds, the Tracphone FB150 is the smallest and lightest of KVH's family of Inmarsat satellite broadband systems.
Described by the company as "perfect for boats as small as 40 feet in length," it offers data connections at speeds of up to 150 kbps with simultaneous voice and SMS service, and is cosmetically compatible with KVH's Tracvision M1 SatTV dome.
At $7,495, the suggested retail price for the FB150 hardware is higher than some of its competitors, although several dealers are reportedly pushing the price down towards the $6,000 mark. But KVH is making up for that with a range of competitive airtime package deals that start at $59 per month for 50 minutes of voice or 5MB of data.
KVH (401) 847-3327. www.kvh.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.