SiriusXM InfoLink, new features and lower priced SiriusXM weather receivers

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

8 Responses

  1. Effa Evan says:

    I would be very interested in this but for what I see as a ridiculously high cost for the monthly subscription. Half of that per month would be acceptable but the Coastal plan at $30/mo is too much IMO.

  2. Bruce Rudin M.D. says:

    Not sure that how you feel personally about the price is relevant to a conversation about equipment. Millions of customers pay $20 a month in their car for Sirius XM. $10 a month more for weather seems like a bargain.

    • Effa Evan says:

      Well, it is relevant to this discussion because the subscription costs will quickly dwarf the capital costs of the now cheaper receiver module.

      For those of us cruising far from home & off the grid, for perhaps 2 months of the year, the rigidity of the Plans allowing for only 6 months of ‘dormancy’ is another extra expense.
      (Compare this to the pricing of the Garmin InReach system allowing for two way satellite communication and very flexible activation /deactivation features. If the InReach would only deliver on its promised but buggy weather forecasting, Sirius wouldn’t be a contender …)

      Many of us do not spend hours a week in our cars & may have access to lots of online programming without subscribing to Sirius’ satellite entertainment.

      I stand by my comments in saying that the Sirius XM weather System subscription would be much more compelling at half the price.

      • Bruce rudin says:

        That is a way better answer than your personal opinion of how much you think it should cost. Knowledge and facts are great in a discussion. What you think personally is just not adding anything of value.

    • Mystery says:

      people pay $20/month?! most people i know pay on average of $5/month (either $30 for 6 months or $60 for 12 months).

  3. Effa Evan says:

    Hello Mystery,

    I would be interested to know how you gain access to the weather subscriptions at such a great price. Do you have any links you could share?

  4. Anonymous says:

    You either like or you don’t. My wife and I fish offshore from the deck of a 21 foot DC Whaler and have used XM Marine Weather since 2006 (Garmin 376c). It’s saved out backsides on numerous occasions and given us the information needed to stay inshore or not go at all. We don’t have radar so when your fishing 50 miles offshore it is invaluable. Yes there is an expense but it is well worth it.

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