OK, old topic, but some great replies. Nice to see that the original poster was not simple flamed, but caused some great points to be raised.
We, who are lucky enough to have full time data to our home and cell phone 100% of the time, don't really get it sometimes.
I had some crappy dial up internet access not all that many years ago, and no such thing as cell delivered data of any kind.
Then, I got my hands on an Orbcomm transceiver - looked like an old school hand held scanner. It operates in the 150 MHz and 400 MHz bands, and it is used for messaging. The user generates a message on his unit, it gets passed to the satellite when the next satellite is in view. The satellite stores the message until it sees a ground station - then it transmits it to the ground, then off to the internet.
I thought it was so cool that I could stand on my deck and send an email! I think anyone using even the first Outernet proof of concept hardware in a remote area that has no communications at all will be equally impressed!
I admit that I have not read all of the info on the proposed cube sats, but having them store a bunch of data as they pass the uplink station, then broadcast that info as they fly around means they don't have to be in touch with a ground station all the time - a la Iridium, Inmarsat, etc. Orbcomm provides global coverage with 29 satellites that only weigh 100 pounds each. The Outernet system seems completely doable!
Anyhoo, too bad someone like Arxos has to poo-poo the whole system concept without being as open minded as those who responded.
I probably wrote too many words for a dead thread ... but the title is very unfortunate, and caught my eye ... I had to respond.