Who's gonna be the first to buy one of the new SPOT Phones?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Dukerdr, May 21, 2013.

  1. Dukerdr

    Dukerdr New old guy

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    seniorasi Banned

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  3. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    No shit. I have been through two defective Spots and sold my last (3rd) replacement. I want nothing to do with them again. I'll pay a little more for INREACH or buy a sat phone on the iridium network and use prepaid cards.
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  4. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    lol... There was another thread on this already. I think I might have gotten the first reply on that one, and I said the same thing.

    The coverage map is hilarious. It mostly a map saying "it probably wont work anywhere in the world", like an at&t cell map.
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  5. Urban Toreador

    Urban Toreador Banned

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    At 25ยข per minute I suppose only Ewen and Charlie will have one; free from the manufacturer with unlimited talk and text of course. In reality though it does kick Iridium;s ass at $1.29 per minute. Hopefully this will cause Iridium to lower their rates as well.
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  6. CROM

    CROM Canuck del sur

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    My understanding is that the Spot phone is using the same satellites as Globalstar = POS. I paid $1000 for my Globalstar Satt in 07 and can rarely make a call. Irridium actually works which is why I am guessing the price is higher than the Spot phones.
    BTW the spot phone is identical to my Globalstar = same company?

    My $0.02
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  7. roger123

    roger123 Long timer

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    Not me, I just cancelled my Spot tracker. I tried it for a year but there's so many dead spots on my trips its ridiculous.
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    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Dead spots in the tracks or messages that didn't go out?

    Never messed with the tracking part of it but I am pretty sure all of my "I'm ok" messages have worked.
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  9. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    +1

    There's a big difference between a tracking point not showing up and an OK/Help/911 not working.

    I've never had an OK or Help not show up when I pressed it.
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  10. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Imminent Train Wreck

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    I have. Hit ok maybe 10-15 times. Different locations (i was walking out). batteries were good. People were out looking for me in terrible weather. Not one ok got through.

    Canceled the service.
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  11. ColoradoBigfoot

    ColoradoBigfoot Been here awhile

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    I think the true benefit to SPOT is not having a phone handy :evil
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    I don't have cable or dish. I have heard that the dish (satellite tv) isn't the greatest in poor weather, some report service goes away. I wonder if the spot suffers the same or similar malady?
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  13. roger123

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    Tracks, not sure about OK messages. I'm opposite of you, I've not used the message feature much. I guess I'd have to ask Lisa if she ever got a message.
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