Pieps has just come out with a new device: http://www.pieps.com/en/pieps-globalfinder#&panel1-2 Quote: The PIEPS Globalfinder Iridium is a unique outdoor device for navigation and message handling – does not require GSM coverage! Sending and receiving of messages in real-time (SMS, E-Mail, text and position messages). Full global coverage also in polar regions. “LIVE-Tracking”: Satellite-technology for tracking and positioning via web. Special Emergency-button for alerting via satellite. Inclusive search and rescue insurance with worldwide coverage. Optimized GPS-features for outdoor use – comfortable management on PC/Mac (tracking, waypoint navigation, positioning). Permanent weather observation: display of protocol (reduced air pressure) and more services via E-Mail or SMS. Li-Ion technology assures stable power supply also under extreme conditions. end quote The only mention I found for a price was $799.- No smartphone synching problems since it's standalone. Just pricey.