Tom’s Tips About Island Communication

By Tom Neale, 7/7/2014

1. Whereas before there was often a question of whether you can call home from the islands, it's much more likely today.

2. Talk to your cell phone company about whether they have reciprocating service where you're going and whether your phone will work there.

3. Sometimes customer service personnel at US companies aren't very familiar with issues in the islands. You may have to call the phone service of the place you intend to visit.

4. WiFi hot spots, even from anchorages, are fairly common now. And there are boosters available that will improve your range for various types of communication. See, for example,

5. If you're really serious, satellite phones may be the answer, albeit an expensive answer. You can also rent these if the trip is to be short.

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