Thread: Wifi vs LTE?
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Old August 17th, 2014, 02:49 PM
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Typical latency using current cruise ship satellite internet is 750 milliseconds. Compare that to the typical latency of under ~80 milliseconds for a home DSL or cable modem. A way to think of cruise ship internet is like using an old 128k to 256k telephone modem, with sometimes higher speeds (but too much higher) late at night or early in the morning.

As said by others, timeouts are common. The internet also goes offline on ships, and this can sometimes happen more than once a day.

Even with their most cost-effective plan, Carnival charges 40 cents per minute of usage if you buy a 250 minute package. The basic rate is 75 cents per minute. And from experience I can tell you that you'll spend more than a few of those 250 minutes looking at a screen waiting for something to happen/load/send.
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