SPOT Satellite Messenger
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SPOT Satellite Messenger

The SPOT Satellite Messenger is a must-have item for anyone who enjoys an active lifestyle in the outdoors, where cell phone coverage is limited, or non-existent. It uses reliable communication satellites to send specific GPS location to others in real-time.*

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Ideal for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, pilots, sailors, and snowmobilers, the SPOT messenger helps keep people in touch with friends, family, and safety personnel at the touch of a button. It is designed for use with an online account that can be used by family and friends to stay updated on your status, as well as receive any messages you send.

The ALERT 9-1-1 function can be used in the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your current position and request assistance. Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to a GEOS International Emergency Response Center (ERC) every five minutes until cancelled. The ERC will then notify local authorities including police, highway patrol, the Coast Guard, the country's embassy or consulate, search and rescue teams, and more.

The CHECK IN feature, known as SPOTchecking, allows users to notify their SPOTteam (friends and family pre-determined as contacts) that all is well, notify them of your current location, or save waypoints to review the route at a later time. Once activated, the SPOTteam receives an SMS text message to their mobile phone with your message and cooridinates, or an email with coordinates and a link to Google Maps showing your current location.

The TRACK PROGRESS feature, known as SPOTcasting, allows friends and family to follow your progress in real-time using a password, or to save waypoints for future review at a later time. This function acquires and sends GPS coordinates to your SPOT account every 10 minutes. Anyone with access to your account can log on and view your route, complete with virtual Google Maps views.

The Ask-For-Help function is designed to be used in a non-life threatening emergency to notify your SPOTteam that you need assistance. This function acquires current GPS information and routes it along with a HELP message through the SPOT satellite network every five minutes for one hour or until cancelled. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps showing your location.

*Annual service subscription required.

 

  • 2008 Field & Stream "Best of the Best Award" Winner
  • Message Delivery Success Rate of Nearly 100%
  • Waterproof and Shockproof
  • Size: 4.38"H X 2.75"W X 1.5"D
  • Approximate Weight: 7.37oz.
  • One-year warranty

 

BRAND: SPOT Inc.
Type: Satellite Personal Tracker
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3.3

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3.0

Be Prepared for that Subscription

By wileycayote

from tallahassee

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating sailing

      Comments about SPOT Inc. SPOT Satellite Messenger:

      We have not actually used the device yet but the concept seems like a good one and it is more affordable than an EIRB. Having said that, if you purchase the functionality touted in the ad copy you will spend $200 annually for the subscription.

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      • No
       
      2.0

      Annual Subscription

      By GP2

      from Larchmont, NY

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about SPOT Inc. SPOT Satellite Messenger:

      Would be nice to know the annual subscription in the description.

      Thanks,

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works where your cell phone won't

      By Columbo88

      from Stephenville, TX

      About Me Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Not cheap

      Best Uses

      • Back packing
      • Canoeing
      • Hunting
      • Personal Watercraft

      Comments about SPOT Inc. SPOT Satellite Messenger:

      Has the potential to be a real lifesaver if you get stuck in the wilderness. A worthwhile safety item. Cheaper than many of the alternative devices.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Piece of Mind!

      By Paul

      from Montana

      About Me Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • It Floats
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Poor Documentation
      • Signal strength

      Best Uses

      • Biking
      • Canoeing
      • Hiking
      • Personal Watercraft
      • Swimming
      • Waterskiing

      Comments about SPOT Inc. SPOT Satellite Messenger:

      The Spot is a great item to have on you when you're hiking, biking, or going on long trips to areas where cellphone coverage is bad. It's very rugged, waterproof, and floats. The battery life is great too. The only thing I don't like about it is that there's no way for you to tell when a message was successfully sent or not. The battery door is a pain to open up and almost impossible wearing gloves. There's also not a lot of printed information. You have to do a lot of reading online.

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