We’ve also got an app for Marine Cellular Voice and 3G Internet. Yachts have for quite a few years been using cellular technology to give them that “Landline” feel onboard the boat. Very often you will find PBX (Private Branch Exchange) office-type professional Telephone Extension Systems installed onboard. There will be telephone extensions in many key areas onboard the vessel, much like you would see in an office environment. This is a necessity for the business of running the boat, so the Owner, Engineer, Captain, Mates, Stewardess, and often even Guests can make use of telephone voice services while traveling. This is just good sense as this type of communications is very much needed.
These PBX systems can take what’s called CO, or Central Office inputs. These inputs allow landline-style “Telephone Service” to be jacked into the system. In a office that’s just a Telephone Line (POTS as they call it, Plain Old Telephone Service) coming in from shore. But more and more often that POTs line doesn’t come from shore at all. It comes from Cellular and Satellite Systems, even VOIP (Voice over IP) in many cases. Those services plug in the same way that the landline connction did. They do require a special box that provides the “Dial Tone” and telephone services. In many voip services this box is called an “ATA” or Analog Telephone Adaptor device. And even if they aren’t called that in the Cellular or Satellite device, that’s essentially what type of device it is. It converts one type of service into another, in this case to comply with the old Analog POTS Telephone Specifications. You know RJ-11 plug, dial tone when you pick up the phone, and dialing that just works…
is just such a BOX. It is a worlwide phone and Internet gizmo though. It’s quad band and an quite a contender for the traveling yacht. It’s GSM – UMTS – HSPA, which is enough buzz words in one sentence to make even some IT or Communications guys quiver. But it’s the technology used by AT&T (who bought Cingular), T-Mobile, and the like. It’s also more of a world standard than anything else out there.
All it takes is a Sim Card and Service with a provider. It can take sim cards from anywhere in the world. It can work on any cellular provider (in GSM – UMTS – HSPA – WCDMA) in the world.
And you know what? It doesn’t cost much. $473.00 out of the gate for the unit, an MCX to N-Female dongle for your possibly existing LMR-400 cable and Cellular Antenna. That ships one to anywhere in the US and Canada.
It makes a network, in case you didn’t have one, and you were worried about that. It plugs in standard CAT5 Fast Ethernet (LAN – Local Area Network) to an existing, or it can make it’s own NEW network. We integrate them all the time with existing onboard network – and make them play nice with other existing Marine Internet Systems.
Alan Spicer Telecom / Alan Spicer Marine Telecom
+1 954 683 3426
communications (at) marinetelecom.net
P.S. Order now as ordering (as posted earlier on here) will shut down over the Christmas and New Years holidays. That’s a whole week. But if you act now…