1. ADVRIDER Print Magazine!
    We're doing two more print magazines this year. July & November. 144 pages of high quality adventure riding stories, photography and interviews!

    Click here to purchase both for $35.
    Dismiss Notice

Garmin InReach Explorer Pricing question

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by krokodil, May 10, 2021.

  1. krokodil

    krokodil Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2015
    Oddometer:
    23
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I have Garmin InReach Explorer+ with "safety" plan (the cheapest one). It unclear to me how they are charging in tracking mode: 10c per send or per record. For example, using settings as shown in the attached photo, if I run it for 1 hour will I pay 20c or $6?

    Attached Files:

    #1
  2. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2013
    Oddometer:
    7,253
    Location:
    Oaklandish
    $0.20/hr. If someone requests a location ping through the Mapshare website, you'll get dinged another $0.10/ping.
    Log is local to the device. The log points can get uploaded to the Mapshare website when you sync, but not sent via the satellite.
    #2
  3. krokodil

    krokodil Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2015
    Oddometer:
    23
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    This is fantastic! Let me double-check if my understanding is correct: Under these settings, somebody tracking my progress via the MapShare website will be able to see my coarse position updates in 30 min intervals. However, once I am back to civilization and sync with my mobile phone the additional waypoints will appear?
    #3
  4. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2013
    Oddometer:
    7,253
    Location:
    Oaklandish
    Correct. Someone watching Mapshare (or tracking via Spotwalla) will see your position updated twice and hour. The plot displayed on your inReach (or on your linked phone with Earthmate) will update every minute.

    The deal about uploading during syncs seems to have mixed results. Some claim it works for them every time. Some say it never works for them (only sent points show). Some get in-between results.
    There has been at least on thread trying to identify the settings involved or the exact process to make it work every time.

    Just noticed you're another Bay Area inmate. Which side of the Bay?
    #4
  5. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,558
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    Thanks for info, as I just acquired an inReach SE with the basic plan as well. I'm still not entirely clear on the Mapsource interface. Here's what I would like to happen:

    1. Send a "custom pre-recorded" text message to my wife's cell phone. If I'm understanding correctly, this text will have a web link to the Mapsource map, correct?
    2. The text would say something like "All is great - stopped for the day". She could then tap the link and see where I am at on the map.

    She doesn't need to see any waypoint or tracks, or reply to my text, just see where I stopped moving. Will this capability cost more money?
    #5
  6. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,186
    Location:
    Nelson area, Kootenai, BC, Canada
    Slight correction. The inReach devices link to Mapshare.
    #6
  7. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2013
    Oddometer:
    7,253
    Location:
    Oaklandish
    Your text message will provide your current coordinates (Lat/Lon). Your wife can log onto MapShare anytime and see graphically where your last 30 minute "send" originated.
    #7
    scootertrog likes this.
  8. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,558
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    OK - That's how I was hoping this would work, I'll test it out tonight. Thanks guys for the info. :thumb
    #8
  9. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,186
    Location:
    Nelson area, Kootenai, BC, Canada
    As long that setting is enabled
    #9
  10. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,558
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    Test message went to wife's email and she was able to see where I sent it from, that part worked great. What didn't work, was that she did not receive a text on her phone. Been doing some research, but so far have not figured out what is wrong.
    #10
  11. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2013
    Oddometer:
    7,253
    Location:
    Oaklandish
    Login to inreach.garmin.com and make sure she is listed under contacts with her cell phone number. For the 3 Preset messages, you have to enter her mobile number as the recipient for each. Then sync your device.
    If you were using the Earthmate app, when you type in her contact name you should get one entry for each contact type: mobile, email, etc. Make sure you selected the correct one. You may get multiples because it will be reading both the Contacts downloaded to the inReach as well as your phone's Contacts list.
    #11
    scootertrog likes this.
  12. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,558
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    Ah.... this was the issue, as it defaults to email addresses as the recipient when you add a contact. I assumed since it saw the correct "contact" that it would send to the contact phone number, not the contact's email. So I started to type her actual phone number and it picked it up. It now works like I was hoping it would. Thanks for the help!
    #12