SPOT Competitors

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Gaston Gagne, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    I apologize if this has been asked before.

    Is there a competitor for SPOT services?


    I get all the GPS I need from them. They are jacking my yearly rate from 149 to 215. You can do the math on the % change.

    Thanks
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  2. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    Inreach. Send and receive texts/emails.
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  3. JeepDawg

    JeepDawg Long timer

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    You might look at delorme inreach if you're looking for Satellite messengers.
    I like mine.
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  4. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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  5. JeepDawg

    JeepDawg Long timer

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    You didn't actually expect me to know who takes money out of my account every month did you? :-)
    I know somebody takes money out. And they know where i am on a pretty little map that my wife likes. And i can text her to tell her i'm alive without having to find cell service in the mountains. Win-win for us.
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  6. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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  7. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    No, but it doesn't appear to have the tracking feature that SPOT and Inreach do, nor the SOS function. I'd think these were far more useful for MC users than texting.

    Seems pretty spendy for $360/year service
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  8. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    the one above also seems to need a wifi signal
    if you have wifi why not just send a normal text?
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  9. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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    If you read the FAQ, it states that indeed it does NOT have on-board tracking or an SOS feature. However it states that it is possible to attach co-ordinates from your smartphone to emails and text messages. So your coordinates are transferred to any you communicate with. Tracking, sort of. Dedicated SOS button, No.

    The service is $29.99CAD per month. However, they say they have a $5 per month suspension rate. So if you ride 6 months of the year like me, you would be at $210CAD/year. So this would be $155.40 USD per year for 6 months of riding using the 100 texts per month plan.

    ? It requires a device with a Wifi signal to communicate with the device. (Most phones and tablets) They say it can be up to 30 feet away. I would think this is obvious.

    Not sold on this device, but it still looks interesting.
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  10. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    you need wifi to use this

    I do not see a use for this at all, just a ton of money spent for no reason.
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  11. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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    Well let me try to help you with that.

    (1) The text anywhere device sends and receives data from satellites.
    (2) The device also sends and receives Wifi signals similar to a GoPro Camera.
    (3) In the middle of the Baja desert, you search for a Wifi signal from your smartphone. You will find the Text Anywhere device listed.
    (4) Connect to the device with you phone just like you would with your Wifi at home.
    (5) Then you can sent texts and e-mails via satellites from the middle of the Baja desert.

    I cannot see how you feel this would not be an advantage to some.
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  12. robdogg

    robdogg turnip truck driver

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    Spot sucks.. when I started with the Gen 1 about 10 years ago, annual service was $49, and another $49 if you wanted real time tracking.. I have owned two other devices, and then when I got the notice that the service was going up to $199, I let it expire.. so today I got an email saying they want me back, and offering 8months free.. so I go to the site, but it no longer has my device, so I have to re-register it.. go through all that, then get to the checkout, and it says my credit card has expired, and I need to update it.. which I do.. then go back to my devices, but it's empty, so I start the registration over, and then it says my promo code is no longer valid.. so now I am sitting on the phone for 30min, trying to see if I can get a new promo code..

    Spot is the Comcast of the gps tracking service world
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  13. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    Customer service is too!
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  14. jazzer

    jazzer Lost again... Yeah!

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    I'm sorry if I missed this somewhere above. With my annual fee of about $200 for spot, I get the emergency "get me the hell out of anywhere" medivac insurance. Can I get that with any of the other discussed devices?
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  15. jttele

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    Inreach with the most basic service (Safety plan) is only about $13.00 per month tax included and gives you 10 texts per month, unlimited pre-saved messages, as well as the SOS feature. If you go over on the texts, they just bill you .50/text for the overage which is not too bad as long as you're just a few texts or so over. All their plans laid out here: https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/#subscriptions
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  16. jazzer

    jazzer Lost again... Yeah!

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    The SOS feature talks about getting the help you need, but it doesn't say if that needed helicopter ride is paid for or if you will get a bill.
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  17. jttele

    jttele Been here awhile

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    You are correct, Inreach service does not pay for any rescue services, just contacts them.
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  18. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    If I recall correctly there is an option with inReach to add some sort of rescue insurance. GEOS?
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    For $17.95/year you can get $100,000 Search and Rescue insurance.

    For $129.95/year you can get $1,000,000 Medievac coverage
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    I thought Garmin were cheeky rip-off merchants - it looks as though Text Anywhere has just upped the ante!
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