Question about Spot tracking devices.

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by jeveretts, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. jeveretts

    jeveretts Foilhead Extraordinaire

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    Was thinking about getting one. Looks like the spot 3 is 150, and includes a year of service. Is the second year also $150? If so, why wouldn't you just buy another?
    What if you buy a used one, is the year of service still the same price as the unit?
    I am so confused.
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  2. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    No, the standard service is $100/year but that does not include tracking. Just the ability to send out preset messages.
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  3. jeveretts

    jeveretts Foilhead Extraordinaire

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    Does a year come with a new device?
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  4. thetable

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    Where are you seeing the free year? On Spot's site, I'm seeing "This device requires a service plan." No mention of a first year free.
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  5. jeveretts

    jeveretts Foilhead Extraordinaire

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    ohhhh... I thought it came with a year when you bought it. So if I buy a '3' then I have to pay 150 for the device and 150 for the first year?
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  6. cory1848

    cory1848 Been here awhile

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    Looking to get one as well and from what I understand, it is like a cell phone, you buy the device and then you have to pay for the service in order to use it.

    Trying to figure out if the Gen 3 is worth it over the Gen 2 version.
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  7. DaymienRules

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    I bought a used one a few months ago. If there was a 1yr free service deal then I would have bought new, but there wasn't. FWIW when you sign up for your 1yr service, google for a recent discount code that will get you free tracking included, they are out there.
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  8. Wlfman

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    Yes
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  9. jeveretts

    jeveretts Foilhead Extraordinaire

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    Thanks. I think I am going to just get a 1, they are cheap, and with tracking the service is the same price.
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  10. Fat Bear

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    I just bought the Gen 2 a month ago. The Gen 3 was not available in Canada at that time. The annual subscription was not included in the purchase price. The device worked as advertised and is a necessity if you're going to be in areas on your own without cell phone coverage.
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  11. JR356

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    Might want to at least get a Spot 2.
    Signal is better in a lot of places per my and many others experiences.
    The unit is physically smaller.
    Battery life is a bit reduced,but not significant enough to affect most useage.

    JR356
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  12. jeffjones

    jeffjones "offroad shit"

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    Quick question on the SPOT system in general......

    Is it able to gps track without a subscription through spot??? I see a few users using it on a walla website.. is that site just a secondary tracker using the already active spot subscription????

    I searched and couldn't find an answer, and figured i'd just ask in another thread rather than creating a new thread on a possibly already asked question.
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  13. thetable

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    No.
    Yes.
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  14. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Just what does the Spot do? How does it work? I often ride alone way out into the AZ desert, far from civilization, with no cell phone coverage. I have been thinking lately that an injury or a broken down bike could spell real trouble with no way to contact anyone.
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  15. guyfawkes

    guyfawkes Been here awhile

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    a couple of things
    ) check-in, requires you to push a button, sends a customizable message
    ) custom messages, same as above only the message is customizable
    ) need help, requires you to push a button, sends a help message(not emergency), eq. if your bike broke down or something and you need a tow truck

    the 2 above can be customized as far as recipients go.

    ) sos , requires you to push a button, this goes directly to the spot emergency response center and they will dispatch rescue services.

    ) tracking, automated tracking with a point every 15min.
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  16. 250senuf

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    And even if you unable to punch any buttons if tracking is on (subscription required) there will be a location for you.
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  17. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    With tracking on (how I use it), my wife can watch my progress on all-day rides using her iPad. When she sees me heading for home, she can plan dinner in or out according to expected arrival home.

    And she really likes to see the progress as it happens, knowing I'm very likely still healthy and havin fun.

    I often ride alone, and I am very secure in the knowledge of what notifications I can send, as needed. I don't take chances, but anything can happen on a backcountry trail.


    SPOT - don't leave home without it.
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  18. Dan Diego

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    +1

    Sadly, that's the main reason I own and carry one.
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  19. rwamf

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    Look into the Spot connect
    Battery life is very good and you can send custom messages ( Not just the Pre-canned ones you set up)
    Works over Bluetooth with your Smart phone,
    Small size
    You can send a message to just one person or every one on your list.
    And if you do have an emergency you can tell them what's wrong,
    "Broke my leg, Need assistance, No Compound Fracture, Have food and water for a few hours"
    You can leave it on the bike and send your message from inside the restaurant.
    ( range is quite good )
    Its tracking is much better than SPOT 1
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  20. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    If your cellphone is still charged and if the bluetooth chooses to cooperate. :evil
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