Spot New Maintenance Fee of $14.95

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by PeanutRider, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    I started out with a PLB and still carry it even when I have my SPOT with me and turned on. I like having the real time tracking for my friends and family to see. The PLB does not provide that capability.

    This thread was specifically about the SPOT fees, so I posted up what I found out rather than start another thread. There are already enough SPOT vs. PLB threads out there without turning this into one.

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  2. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    In a few years we will have a constellation of low earth satelites to provide internet. Then services like spot and Inreach will become obsolete. They grabbing money while they can.
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  3. Ron from BC

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    I can see this thread being moved to Mapping/Navigation.....:hmmmmm
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  4. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    Probably because so many people are like me and tossed their Spot in a drawer.
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  5. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    Related to GS thread I think. What's the rate you get through BMW MOA? I've emailed Spot with my MOA number 3 times in the last 30 days. No reply from them on what the reduced rate is.I was hoping to get a device for cheap and service.

    I do like Garmin's business model though of deactivating when you want which for me I'd only use Inreach 2 months a year.
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  6. Ron from BC

    Ron from BC Long timer

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    I sent the MOA a message in late November and never got a reply until last week and it was also a bit of a circus renewing early for the discount as their e-commerce portal was having 'an issue'.
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  7. cjmadura

    cjmadura Been here awhile

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    Delorme (now Garmin) Inreach is a great tool. Like Adam stated, you can deactivate it when not in use.
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  8. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    Thanks for the heads up. They’ve lost my business
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  9. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    $14.95 a month for basic which allow you to send SOS messages and tracking sent every 10 minutes to the web. Good enough for me and you can activate it in July and cancel in September and spend $45. The Inreach SE doesn't have maps and is $350 but looks like it works just fine. Most of us have dedicated SatNav devices already. $450 gets you the Inreach Explorer w/ Topo Maps

    https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/
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  10. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    didn't even know that I had an autorenewal. Didn't use it last year and just looked into my account and they auto-charged me 175 EUR last year. I remember the year before they actually asked me if I wanted to renew.

    Thank dog my renewal is scheduled for the 23rd.

    Calling them as we speak now to cxl this shit. greedy fucks. I'm at 8 minutes waiting time right now
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  11. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    well after 32 minutes I got someone on the line. They went from their 215 this year down to 145 and asked me to stay. Still said hell no. Then they went down to 95(!) service charge included. Asked them what would happen if I refuse and would only jump back in the year afterwards: told me it'd cost me as a new customer 185... Well ok on these circumstances 95 seemed fair enough.

    But bottom line these fuckers have a large margin to negotiate.
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  12. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    In Australia, SPOT passes the details onto the Govenment agency anytime the SOS button is pressed (No International Rescue out here) . So we have to trust them.
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  13. dustin2

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    I just called Spot customer service to inquire about the price increase and they were very quick to offer me a $65 'loyalty credit' which brings me down to a reasonable $150 for the year. I'll go another year with them and then decide about my 2019 renewal.
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  14. Grinder

    Grinder Wrong way 'round

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    Wow. Seems they are following the Sirius satellite radio pricing strategy. It’s fucking annoying and for that reason I’m out.
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  15. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    I just called in to cancel, my renewal email listed $199 per year and $19.99 Maintenance. No counter offer was made and the guy didn't want to validate my account with my name, address, ESN and account number. Total A$$hats. They won't see my business ever again.
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  16. cug

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    The $15 plan has a $0.10 fee per tracking point. You might want to recalculate what that means for you. I have a spot device, inactive for years and I’m not too interested in reactivating. Plus there is a $25 annual fee on the monthly plans for inreach. So, if you want comparable tracking to Spot for just three months it’s more like 3x $35 + $25. Might as well pay for Spot and have tracking for the whole year.
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  17. AdamChandler

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  18. 250senuf

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  19. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    Yeah, $35 Recreation Freedom Plan (so month to month). I'd activate it for my July Trip and again for my September trip..both times which I'll be far away from cell towers. My other trips this year are group trips and we're either close to cell towers or one of the guys in the group of 8 has a Spot or Inreach already.
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  20. cug

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    Doesn’t matter. On the cheap plan you pay through the nose for tracking, the more expensive ones are way higher than Spot over a year.

    The basic plan is pretty much a PLB unless you want to pay 60 cents per hour tracking.
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