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Old 01-29-2014, 08:53 PM   #31
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These changes for internet billing is better than the previous way. I only wish DCL would do something about the internet speed but I understand the limitations with being at sea. I learned after my first cruise it's better to just unplug and enjoy the cruise and forget about my emails, FB, phone calls, etc, etc. I understand that some people have personal or business reasons why they can't do this.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:21 PM   #32
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I believe this is correct. Texting goes through the phone (3g/4g/ older speeds) not WiFi / Internet.
With the exception of Apple's iMessage. That can work over wifi as well.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:23 AM   #33
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With the exception of Apple's iMessage. That can work over wifi as well.
You can text via Wifi with Google Voice as well.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:40 AM   #34
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Am I correct in thinking that this is strictly for internet and email and not texting.
If not using a system that sends texts via WiFi then you would pay the traditional Cellular at Sea text rates of .05 per incoming , and $1.50 per out going text.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:44 PM   #35
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How exactly does this work?

Do you prepay for the usage you think you'll use, or do you get charged based on the actual usage?

Can you use your purchased MBs across multiple sessions during the cruise?

Can you stay connected to the ship's WiFi for the Navigator app and only turn on using your purchased MBs when you specifically want to?

Can you connect with multiple devices to share the purchased MBs? If not, has anyone had success using a travel router to share it?
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:20 PM   #36
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Would my family of 4, adults with iphones and kids with ipod touches be able to share a wireless plan and all use it on our phones so we can text each other using imessage like we do at home?
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:24 PM   #37
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How exactly does this work?

Do you prepay for the usage you think you'll use, or do you get charged based on the actual usage?

The full details state that once you've bought a package you can't upgrade it, so I took that to mean that yes it would be pay for what you think you'll need in advance. So if I purchased the small package for 19 dollars, when I'd used the 100MB I couldn't upgrade to the medium package for another 20 dollars, I'd have to buy a new package. If they charged for what you'd used at the end of the cruise they wouldn't have needed to state this. To be honest I'd rather pre-pay, with a bit of guesswork, saves worrying about how big the bill will be at the end of the cruise.

Can you stay connected to the ship's WiFi for the Navigator app and only turn on using your purchased MBs when you specifically want to?

Hope it works this way, it would suit us best


Can you connect with multiple devices to share the purchased MBs? If not, has anyone had success using a travel router to share it?
Hoping for this too
Can only sort of answer 1st q hopefully more details will be available after the switch has happened.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:14 PM   #38
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My wife just looked up the history on her iPad for the last cruise from September, and we got these results

outgoing facetime - 6 minutes (53MB)
outgoing facetime - 5 minutes (29MB)
outgoing facetime - 5 minutes (61MB)
outgoing facetime - 10 minutes (180MB)

now if those #'s are accurate, then the new change to MB vs minutes is changing the charge by a multiple of what , 10?
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:50 PM   #39
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My wife just looked up the history on her iPad for the last cruise from September, and we got these results

outgoing facetime - 6 minutes (53MB)
outgoing facetime - 5 minutes (29MB)
outgoing facetime - 5 minutes (61MB)
outgoing facetime - 10 minutes (180MB)

now if those #'s are accurate, then the new change to MB vs minutes is changing the charge by a multiple of what , 10?
Based on the reports of the available bandwidth, it's unlikely that she would have been able to conduct these sessions with the onboard wifi.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:15 AM   #40
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My wife just looked up the history on her iPad for the last cruise from September, and we got these results

outgoing facetime - 6 minutes (53MB)
outgoing facetime - 5 minutes (29MB)
outgoing facetime - 5 minutes (61MB)
outgoing facetime - 10 minutes (180MB)

now if those #'s are accurate, then the new change to MB vs minutes is changing the charge by a multiple of what , 10?
The thing with this scenario is that if you were using the ships wifi vs Cellular at Sea, then while you we're using 5 min to FaceTime, someone else could have been trying to open one email. What should have taken them a few seconds, may have eaten up 5 of their minutes because of all the bandwidth you were using. So the rate change makes it much more fair, IMO. You will use more bandwidth than someone just checking in with family via email and thus they won't waste their expensive minutes.

Assuming I've understood this topic correctly, which may not even be the case, lol!!
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Yup, that's how it works. If people are just checking emails, etc, the wifi shouldn't be that slow. Trying to Facetime using ship's wifi? Sorry, but yeah, you should have to pay more than a person trying to read an email.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:11 AM   #42
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For us this is hugely better for us. It was agonizing to spend 5-10 minutes of internet time on board just to check a few emails. The system was sooooooo slow, I could see the dollars ticking away. We don't need to surf, download files, or watch videos on our cruise (that's not what the cruise is for), but it is nice to know we can stay in touch with home easily and at a low cost.

The calculator a PP posted showed 15 emails without attachments would take about one-third of a MB. Nice.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:18 AM   #43
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We don't need to surf, download files, or watch videos on our cruise (that's not what the cruise is for), but it is nice to know we can stay in touch with home easily and at a low cost.

The calculator a PP posted showed 15 emails without attachments would take about one-third of a MB. Nice.
Agree totally
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:59 PM   #44
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For us this is hugely better for us. It was agonizing to spend 5-10 minutes of internet time on board just to check a few emails. The system was sooooooo slow, I could see the dollars ticking away. We don't need to surf, download files, or watch videos on our cruise (that's not what the cruise is for), but it is nice to know we can stay in touch with home easily and at a low cost.

The calculator a PP posted showed 15 emails without attachments would take about one-third of a MB. Nice.
I agree. Checking in with family via email is enough for us!
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #45
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Totally agree. Just checking our email once a day and perhaps posting a few pictures to Facebook is all I "need" to do. And I think the lowest block of MBs will be plenty for that.
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