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SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger
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SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger(1369276)
SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger - The latest in the line of SPOT rugged satellite GPS messengers, the SPOT Gen3 keeps you connected even when you're off-the-grid. Using the power of satellite technology SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world.
SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger - Check in with your personal and professional networks, send custom messages and let others track your location in real-time via Google Maps. In an emergency, transmit an SOS with your location to GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center. Compact and light weight; Weighing only 3.2 oz. (with batteries), it packs easily for traveling. Choose from Lithium or rechargeable batteries; or line-power the unit through its USB port. With new tracking options you can choose the rate of tracking that suits your adventure (2 ½, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes). The addition of Motion Activated Tracking your SPOT knows when you're moving and when you stop to make camp. When SPOT Gen3 senses you've stopped for an extended period of time it will stop sending track messages until you start moving again. Visit www.findmespot.com for activation and subscription information.
- Weight: 3.2 oz with batteries
- Batteries: Choose from Lithium or rechargeable batteries; or line-power the unit through its USB port
- Rate of tracking: 2.5, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes
- Motion Activated Tracking
Reviewed by 7 customers
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Absolutely horrible customer service! They auto-renewed without my permission. Not only that they increased the price from $149 to $214. I called them 9 days after it went through and they told me that I need to call within 7 days. RUN, don't walk away from this horrible company!!
This item is useless without the annual service fee to Spot. After you sign up, Spot auto-renews all SPOT products annually, but does not notify the user of the coming charge. If you purchase this product, expect at least a $200 charge annually. They do not send a notice prior to charging you. They will charge you without email, mail, or phone notification. They won't refund the money unless you contact the company prior to them charging you for another year (even though you don't know when they will charge you).
- Easy To Adjust
- Quality Construction
- backpacking, fishing, backcountry travel
https://sites.google.com/site/hobbyhintstricksideas/Home/spot-messenger-information for a whole lot of information on multiple generations of this product.
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I had the occasion a few months ago to use the SOS function when I came upon a cyclist who had crashed and broke a hip, in the middle of the Great Divide Basis (WY). It was far from any town, no cell service. In less than an hour after pressing the SOS button on my SPOT, a deputy arrived, and within another couple of hours the rider was packed up into an ambulance and on the way to the hospital. The tracking is pretty reliable.
I like the unit but do find the tracking and other service levels start to get pretty pricey. Don't know how that compares to other, similar, services.
Embarked on 7 day offroad motorcycle trip by myself. The day before I left my wife bought me a SPOT, just in case. The second day into my trip, 30 miles from civilization I fell and broke my leg. I activated the SOS function and within 2 hours I was being loaded into a helicopter for a ride to the hospital. The SPOT is a must for anybody engaging in a sport by themselves in a remote area.
I planned a 7 day mostly offroad motorcycle dualsport trip by myself. My wife bought me a SPOT the day before I left, second day into the ride, 30 miles from civilization I fell and broke my leg. Two hours later after utilizing the SPOT I was in a helicopter heading for the hospital. Saved my life.
In all fairness, I don't even know why they made a SPOT3. My SPOT2 worked, at best, fair, and SPOT2 is no different. Antenna is often cranky [even when I use it flat on its back like its supposed to be]. I was hoping for a little more product development, but truthfully, am really disappointed in the unit. For $149, I'm not out that much money, but the feature set and reliability is not even close where it should be. Big letdown.
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