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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by 9Dave, Jul 12, 2008.
How much is the yearly fee?
$100 for the basic plan plus $49.95 for the "tracking" feature.
And . . . if you want
$13 a year to cover the cost of search & rescue expenses you may incur
$110 a year for medivac coverage that will get you back to a hospital near home once you're stabilized
Thanks for the info.....I just ordered one.
Now if someone could point me to a deal on a Contour Roam
Spot is probably going to have more fire sales. You can now do basically exactly the same thing on an IPhone.....for FREE. Can probably do it on any smart phone.
I think my Spot was roughly $110 a year for the service....but quite using it since the free Iphone software is so much easier to setup and use.
Anyone buying a used Spot needs to confirm that the service has been turned off. I didn't know about buying a used Spot and found out I could not use it for 3 months until the previous user finally turned off his contract/service.
Thanks for the heads-up. Just placed my order (for Spot II, #2).
Bought a Spot II last April at Best Buy, rode 5 days solo over Memorial Day Weekend from NJ down through Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway through VA to the NC border, camping and backcountry camping along the way with my trusty new Spot on my arm using the included arm band --- want the Spot unit to be with ME, NOT on my bike (30 yards down the road, over an embankment, under a car, or where-ever...).
It was literally 106 degrees out and my brain was a bit frazzled when I took the Spot/arm band off and laid it on top of my strapped on camping gear. I took a short hike along a river to a cooling waterfall, dipped my head and arms in, and returned to my bike. Two miles up the road I realized, "SHIIITTTTT!!! No arm band! NO Spot!!!". Was back to the rest-stop in 5 minutes tops, round trip, only to find, yup you guessed it, my pretty much brand new Spot run-over on the side of the road... "Dohhh!!!"
Best Buy's insurance/Geek Squad coverage covers normal wear and tear, including a "drop" or a "liquid spill", but they will NOT replace one that's run over...
Just a heads-up --- Be smarter than me!
If your going to be a bit adventurous (like Lewis & Clark, for instance) and you venture off the grid a bit (like out of cell phone coverage), your "smart phone" and it's Free App aren't going to be too helpful. Also with Spot, if you buy the optional insurance (VERY cheap IMHO, for the peace-of-mind), they will cover the cost of all Search and Rescue operations, up to $100,000 (You do NOT want to pay for a helicopter rescue...).
Bottom-line: It's a very valuable tool, particularly if you ride solo and/or up into mountains, deep into State Parks, and generally off the beaten path --- Just wanted to throw those thoughts out there so some people don't become too complacent with a "smart phone" that may or may not be working when they need it most.
Good safe Riding, and may you never need Spot and/or your App...
I was gonna say, I'm not aware of any smart phone that will send a signal TO a satelite.
Just ordered mine. Thanks for the heads up.
eTrex HCx at Bass Pro Shops
Garmin Nuvi 1100LM, 3.5" touchscreen, Lifetime Maps @ Wal*Mart for $59.00. Free shipping site-to-store.
Not necessarily a moto friendly GPS, but a good deal if you want nav on the cheap.
I found a Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx at the Garmin outlet store for $189 w/ free shipping and no tax and extended 3 year warranty for $13. I felt comfortable paying a little extra because I was ordering from Garmins outlet store.
They're back up to $99 AT BEST BUY
For those left wondering believe this post may be about SPOT units at Best Buy.
This is weird, but...
New Garmin Montana 650 for $75.28
Will Asbestos gloves work on the touchscreen?? :huh
Works with all sorts of gloves. Doesn't require skin contact like many smartphones. It relies on pressure.
Great price here. Just picked on up.
Delorme In-reach and pn $50 rebate:
you have to be a member of Boat US to get this one but it's a pretty rockin deal.
Well looky here.
Deal Extreme as a waterproof case for the P1000 7" galaxy tab. $47
Plus you can probably buy a tab for $200-300.
And some nice Android GPS software for $25
Gee - this might now work as a decent large GPS... Since I already have a tab, I might get this case and see if I can make it as a usable GPS.