The Great Big SPOT Thread

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by John E Davies, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    The 406Link has more options for the PLB...Long/Lat locator and an "I am OK" message in addition to the "emergency, come get me" signal....forgot to mention those options..
  2. speedygee68

    speedygee68 dirt eater

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    I ride in the California desert a lot. I've been saying that I need to get one of these for quite awhile. Finally got it last week and set it up. I since I go kind of fast, I opted for the additional $50 on top of the basic $150 registration fee so that it could track every 5 minutes. I don't think I needed the 2 1/2 minute ping. I also have my wife as the check in OK button. The next "help' button is below emergency level that goes to my wife, my son and my neighbor who also is a dual sporter and they can find me to help me. The 911 is common sense. I also annotated my blood type and who my insurance provider is. I also opted for the additional GIOS that you may sign up for upon initial installation. I tried it out last Saturday going to the mall shopping. Works good. Now, I'm just looking at how to mount it on my jacket and came across this thread. Good luck. Oh, and yes, I like mine!!
  3. misha

    misha Been here awhile

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    I bought a used Spot 2 from an inmate on this forum. Tried to activate it and got a message about the ESN already in use.

    Suggestions?
  4. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Ask the inmate to deactivate his account, or call SPOT

    Customer Care:
    1 (866) OK1-SPOT
    1 (866) 651-7768
  5. jsb223

    jsb223 ADV Rookie

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    Gen 2

    batteries last a good while

    tracking is extra but spot on

    creative use of the message function allows you to notify
    family or friends of need or deviations to trip

    Never had to use the "red" button though.

    YMMV
  6. Brunssd

    Brunssd Potemkin villager

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    3rd year with a Gen II and I have no complaints. Works as advertised. Caveat - I haven't had to push either of the protected buttons. The value of their function hopefully remains a mystery for me.
  7. 7164

    7164 1 above potato patch

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    I have a SPOT gen 2 device that I bought and activated last year. At time of activation I purchased the GEOS rescue benefit for an additional $12.95 and basic tracking for $49.99 then I used a coupon code I found on ADV for a free year of tracking. My annual renewal is about to come up and I have a couple of questions that I can't seem to figure out from their website:

    1. The GEOS benefit has gone up to $17.95 per year according to the SPOT and the GEOS website. Will I be charged the current price of $17.95 during my renewal as I suspect I will, or am I grandfathered in at my previous price of $12.95?

    2. Since I added basic tracking to my account for $49.99 when I activated it then used a coupon code to get a free year of tracking, which then deducted that charge (but not the service) from my invoice, will the auto renew include an additional $49.99 for tracking since that service is on my account?

    3. I like having the tracking option, but I don't actually use it so it's good to have for free, but not worth the 50 bucks a year for me. I know there are current coupon codes all over the internet to get a free year of tracking, so is there a way for me to somehow use a coupon code to get another year of tracking when they auto renew? If not, how do I go about removing the tracking option from my account all together so I am not billed for it?

    Thanks
  8. SmilinDave

    SmilinDave Adventurer

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    I ordered a Gen2 Spot from Amazon for $75 since I'm not interested in any of the new features. It arrived today, and I couldn't get the thing to power up. PITA. I grabbed a multimeter to make sure the batteries weren't junk. They all read fine. Then I tried to take a reading across all of them. Nothing...

    One half of one of the daisy-chained battery terminals was broken off and missing. The packaging looked new, so this might have come from the factory like this. I had already activated it too. Grumble. So I spent an hour fab'ing up a positive terminal and soldering it to the other half of that terminal. We'll see how well it holds up to off road use. Maybe I need to add a butane soldering iron to my tool roll. :)
  9. outlaws

    outlaws Been here awhile

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    Saw this on another forum:

    Spot Trace GPS Tracker $99.95 most places such as Amazon and there is a $100 rebate with service activation http://spot.rebateaccess.com/promotion.php?p=54753

    Looks like basic activation is $100 a year.

    Get it while it's hot!
  10. blueridgegs

    blueridgegs Been here awhile

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    Saw today that Best Buy has the Spot2 for $45 with free shipping.
  11. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    Planning a trip out west and I'm wondering if you can just buy 1 month of service and then store the device until it's needed again, and buy another month or so of service?
  12. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    If I buy a Spot am I able to buy a month's worth of service and then stuff it in a drawer until it's needed again (and buy another month's worth of service)? I just noticed the monthly pricing and that'd be a pretty big sell if so.
  13. blueridgegs

    blueridgegs Been here awhile

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    The monthly Spot is kind of a joke.
    You still have to have a one year contract, but you pay a 14.99 payment each month vs the 149.99 one time payment (Spot3 basic pricing example).
  14. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    That's what I figured. They'd lose out on a lot of money if people only had to pay for the service when they actually needed it...
  15. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    And some people would not have service when they thought they did because they missed that month's payment...

    If you really only want to pay for a month's service, you could rent a Spot. Scratch that - who wants to pay $100 for one month of coverage...

    I think Spot's a bargain at $100 per year. I only have basic service on Spot I and II devices. No need for tracking.
  16. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    Yea, definitely not going that route... I might as well just start renting bikes for when I want to ride them as well. That would solve that whole "too much money in my bank account" problem I've been having.

    I don't think the service is overpriced, but as I will only be needing it a few months out of the year, paying for a year of service is paying for more than what I will actually be using. Such is life though. I'll most likely end up picking one up anyhow.
  17. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You might want to look for the I or II if the III's basic plan is $149 per year.

    Also, we only ride part of the year, of course, so we keep the Spots in our cars in case of emergencies like snowstorms or other unforeseen situations. If we're paying for the service, we might as well use it.
  18. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Yeah, I had those same thoughts before I started using a Spot device. Went without tracking for a year or so, then added that and never looked back.

    You could always trying canceling your subscription when you know you're not going to need it & then restarting it when you do need it. Customer service is usually pretty helpful and I don't see why they'd mind. In my case I've never wanted to say---nope, won't be needing the Spot for the next 4 months----always holding out hope for that next adventure :evil
  19. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    I just found out I could add 6 months of tracking to my existing $100 basic service account (Spot 2) for $7.26. That was good news to me so I signed up.
  20. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Is it?
    I was asking about monthly subscription in another Spot thread. Thought I saw their option (or just the statement) about monthly rate on their website.
    I have tried to register, but there was no option of Monthly payment on the registration screen.
    I don't plan to need the subscription for all year round, and I am willing to pay for short term subscription.
    Let's say if the Yearly charge is $100, then monthly charge is up to $20 still acceptable, to me.