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DeLorme AG-009871-201 inReach SE
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on September 4, 2015
I purchased this unit as I regularly camp and fish in an area with no cell phone reception. The idea was to use the unit for two way emergency communication and status updates with my family and work. The unit us quite bulky to carry when fishing or biking but manageable. I found the interface on the device difficult to use other than reading received messages. The interface with the iPhone app is considerably better and much easier to send and receive messages. For the purpose of messaging it works quite well (although it can take some time to send or receive).

My biggest complaint would be the process for suspending the service. Originally a yearly subscription was required. Since I only use the device a couple of times per year it was a non-starter for me. They changed the plans and offered the ability to start and suspend and only a monthly commitment is now required. After my first month of service I suspended the subscription, but did so on the billing date (not prior) and therefor was billed for the next month. My fault, billing was able to reverse the charge after a phone call however. I then reactivated the service for another trip. Upon my return I promptly followed the instructions to suspend the service prior to the next billing period. Unfortunately my credit card was billed yet again. After another round of back and forth via email they offered to once again credit the service (with no explanation as to what I did wrong with the suspension process). At this point I have not seen the monthly credit. The attached photos were my indications on the website and on the device that the service was to be suspended but my credit card was still charged.

Bottom line is the unit does what it states. We found comfort in having the unit for two way communications where otherwise it was not possible. Interacting via the phone app makes usage much easier. Activating and suspending the service is tedious and problematic.
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on September 1, 2015
Item works perfect, picked up satellite signal quickly and works great with earthmate app on my iphone. I got the annual subscription for 24.99 a month and with fees it will be 25.99 for all those talking about the hidden fees. I go on my first long trip this month so I will update as needed.
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on September 1, 2015
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on September 1, 2015
We purchased this messenger as we took a trip overseas and we were not sure of cell coverage in the woods, on water and generally in smaller cities. We expected that this device can be used to send text messages from areas where it would be impossible to get cell coverage. Across three continents we have tried to use it, and it did exactly what it was supposed to do: link to a satellite network and send/receive messages. It did not freeze, it did not wait for other apps to run, it did not turn itself off and refused to turn on, it just worked. It felt sturdy, reliable, and it gave a battery life that was decent (about 4 days while tracking every 10 minutes and sending about 10-20 texts - 24 h per day use; I assume that if you wanna turn on only a few minutes per day to get texts the battery will likely last a month). This considerably eased our peace of mind during the trip (we had our kids with us as well).

A couple of comments:

1. Using the inReach with a phone is considerably easier than without, especially if what you want is send texts.
2. The yellow inReach (the SE) is adequate as a navigational device but I found the Garmin GLO the best device such purposes (it locks VERY fast).
3. The inReach has a map feature where your friends can track where you are as long as your inReach is turned on and send you messages if they want to.
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on August 30, 2015
I cannot fathom how someone could give this a negative review UNLESS they didn't take the time to understand what it IS and what it ISN'T.

It IS a two-way messaging system using the global satellite system. That means you can send and receive messages from anywhere in the world. It IS a GPS that can use preloaded waypoints and routes to help you safely navigate. It has a secure SOS button that will dispatch emergency help if you activate it!!! It's a compass and a barometer, too.

It is NOT a GPS that you can load topo's up into. It isn't meant to be that. It doesn't come preloaded with maps. Again, it's not meant to be that.

You DO have to buy a subscription to send and receive messages. For $35 a month you can send/receive 40 texts. For $60 you can send/receive unlimited. You can pay by the month with no long term subscription required. If you have a remote understanding of how meaningful this device is you would understand that this is CHEAP for the value it brings. Avid backpackers have been waiting a long time for a device like this to reach this price point.

As for setup, I just don't understand anyone's complaints. It worked right out of the box. Just follow the instructions, make sure to sync it to the web based app and you will up and running in no time. If you have trouble, contact me through Amazon and I'll help out. I have no affiliation with DeLorme at all but I don't want this thing getting a bad rep because some end users don't understand the technology.

I highly, highly recommend this.
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on August 28, 2015
We are avid cruisers therefore we travel to far away destinations where cell phone towers do not provide a cellular signal or it is is very expensive to send a message on a cell phone. Here comes the In reach. Which is not only a great tool to summons for help but also to keep in touch with family. I took a trip to Coco Kay a RC private island in the Bahamas and decided to use my Sprint Cell phone to communicate with my son, After i got home I received a $290.00 bill from Sprint. That is why I decided to go with the Inreach. It gives me the ability to stay in touch world wide. The device looks durable and tough and will be my companion in my travels. I am also an avid hiker, I feel more secure with the In reach in my backpack in case my cell phone cannot get a signal. I highly recommend the In reach not only for emergencies but also to keep in touch.
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on August 25, 2015
This is a great GPS. Perfect for all kinds of navigation and text messaging emergency messages. Everything as advertised.
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on August 21, 2015
Great item, Paid off on my first trip. Worked great in Mendocino national forest, paid for itself by coincidence.
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on August 20, 2015
Just finished a trip to the BWCA with the Delorme Inreach SE. Worked fine for tracking even while locked in a plastic drybox in the bottom of the canoe. Messaging also worked as expected. I paired it with a smart phone for longer messages and found the bluetooth tends to drain the battery if left on accidentally overnight, lost about 20% overnight vs the normal 7-9% with the default settings. It was really great to have the ability to send and receive short messages while on the trip. Delorme's rates seem reasonable and I have had no problems navigating thier website to change subscription options.
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on August 20, 2015
Works great and it will always be with me in the back country for communication and my safety
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