I've read many threads here and elsewhere and have been researching for a few days but I find myself going around in circles as to what will meet my needs, maybe because I haven't found anything reasonably priced that satisfies them. I currently have a non-android blackberry, not iPhone, but could reluctantly get an iPhone or less reluctantly an Android smartphone if there was some gadget/app that satisfies my needs. I will be touring from northern Alaska/Canada to southern Patagonia (I can't tell how far into the Arctic circle reception is lost by the geostationary SATs). Below are my "needs" in order of priority, if I can satisfy the first three I'll be very happy, after that everything is a bonus.
1. get access to exchange and/or POP based email when camped for long periods away from cel phone networks.
2. able to subscribe to the service from my current location in Peru.
3. startup costs under $1500.
4. receive incoming email while driving (thus passive external antenna).
5. be able to easily transfer email attachments from SAT device to laptop and visa versa.
6. access in Arctic regions.
Any suggestions will be more than welcomed.