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I am trying to purchase an internet package for 10 yr old granddaughter so she talk/email to her parents while on the Symphony.

 

i am not sure what is the difference between Voom and Voom, Surf and Stream?

 

i can purchase 

Soda package and Voom

Voom, Surf and Stream

Soda package

 

It is cheaper to purchase Soda package & Voom for 1 device.

 

Will she been able to talk/email with the soda and Voom package?

 

Or is better to purchase separately the soda package and Voom, Surf and Stream?

 

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We have had the soda and voom package on several cruises, and our son (25 yo) has had plenty of internet access.  It should be more than sufficient for your Granddaughter.  Enjoy your multi-generation cruise.

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Difference is bandwidth (speed) is capped on regular Voom.

I've found it is still fast enough for Skype, Hangouts dialer, etc to make VoIP phone calls.

I think streaming video is really where you need the faster one.

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14 minutes ago, mac1_131 said:

I think streaming video is really where you need the faster one.

 

I've streamed live video with just Surf no problem in the Caribbean (most recently on Oasis in 2017).

 

Caveat:  My experience in no way guarantees future success.

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2 hours ago, mac1_131 said:

Difference is bandwidth (speed) is capped on regular Voom.

Both Surf and Stream are capped - the main ship O3B connection is capable of over 100Mbps but Surf is capped at about .5Mbps while Stream at about 4Mbps.

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2 minutes ago, phabric said:

So Voom would be good for Skype/FaceTime/emails/games?

 

I'd go with Stream for  anything that requires video. 

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We have had o.k. success with the Voom and Soda package. Bandwidth is totally dependent upon what the other 6000 passengers are doing on wifi when you want to use it. Sometimes great. Sometimes barely usable. 

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Well actually making a VOIP call with no video is pretty low bandwidth it is the latency (lag) that you need to be concerned about.

VOIP calls should be 64K or less.  netflix can buffer you conversation cannot.

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3 minutes ago, fredflint said:

Well actually making a VOIP call with no video is pretty low bandwidth it is the latency (lag) that you need to be concerned about.

VOIP calls should be 64K or less.  netflix can buffer you conversation cannot.

 

Someone mentioned Facetime.

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