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SPOT Gen. 3 Satellite Messenger

by Spot
163 customer reviews

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Keep in touch in your back country travels. The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger keeps you connected and updates your progress. Using satellite technology, SPOT maintains communication almost anywhere on the globe. PRODUCT FEATURES: Check in with your professional and social networks, send custom text messages and let others track your real-time location via Google Maps In an emergency, transmit an SOS with your exact location to GEOS Emergency Response Coordination Center to activate a rescue Optional unlimited tracking lets you choose a capture rate that suits your needs: 5-, 10-, 30- or 60-min. increments; optional extreme tracking enables a 2.5-min. capture rate With optional unlimited or extreme tracking, Motion Activated Tracking knows when you re moving and when you stop; it stops sending tracking info until you start moving again Weighing only 4 oz. with batteries, the compact SPOT Gen3 packs easily for traveling fast and light Contoured shape with dual attachment points makes it easy to fasten the SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger to your pack, bag, boat or vehicle Power options include single-use AAA lithium batteries (included), rechargeable batteries (sold separately), or line-in power via the unit's USB port Comes with 4 AAA lithium batteries, USB cord, carrying strap and carabiner clip 372557 , SPOT Gen. 3 Satellite Messenger , gps , radio , compass , emergency locator , gps unit , satellite radio , navigation

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Gunnarson on August 23, 2013
Color: Black and Orange
just got back from a salmon and moose trip to remote parts of Alaska. The Spot Gen3 worked like a charm. Wife was able to track and I was able to report "all is well" each morning and evening. No cell phone signal for many miles.

It rained "A LOT" and the unit was not compromised. I was aware of the ubs port cover, did not open it on the trip and no leaking. The cover did not move while traveling and we covered a lot of rugged ground and I did not baby the device. This model offers much more than previous generations. I would recommend it to anyone.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sean Westberg on December 9, 2013
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I'd like to give the unit 5 stars, but there's a few issues that need to be addressed.

The Good:

The Gen3 is a big step up IMHO from the Gen 2. Battery life is much better (I don't know about the x2 battery life, I haven't used it that much), signal acquisition is faster, and generally the performance is more reliable. Make sure when you get the unit that you update the firmware however. Early on the original firmware sucked.

The Meh:

I would have preferred the USB port to be under the battery door. I know why they didn't do it (the unit can be powered via USB now, so putting it under the battery door would be not preferable), but it still annoys me as a minor pet peeve. I won't dock anything from it either.

I'm also meh on the "basic tracking included!" aspect of the subscription. It used to be 100 bucks a year, and tracking was 50 dollars a year. That was pretty significant, and while I did include tracking, I appreciated that it was optional. Now, it's not, but the "bundle" is now 150 dollars. It's cheesy, and I would have preferred maybe even a 10 dollar a year discount to acknowledge the new purchase point. Whatever.

I'm *really* meh on the new tracking "options". Yeah, it's cool you can adjust the tracking interval. But it's not 50 dollars a year cool for the next tier up that lets you go from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. If I'm tracking via 60 minutes, I'm actually paying more to use their system less, and that seems screwed up. The 150 bucks for the "extreme" tracking (so a total of 300 dollars a year *boggle*) for the ability to check in every 2.5 minutes with your progress seems... absurd. I don't know who would actually use/need that.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Don L. Abernathey on March 26, 2014
Update 07/19/2014 - 40hrs on the 1st set of batteries now - still going strong. The GPS sensitivity is fantastic - will get a position fix from under my truck. The older units couldn't get a fix inside my house - the Gen 3 can, it will locate me in the bathroom! Really liking the small size and intuitive interface. SPOT account renewal was painless - they sent me notification 30 days in advance and didn't charge my till 30 days after my renewal date. Wish the SPOT Android App would blink the most recent point and allow data from multiple SPOT accounts - really nice to have features.
Update: After 3 months of use I really like this version of SPOT. 20+hours on the batteries so far - expecting about 100 before replacement. I like the auto-off power saving feature - it comes back on when I wiggle it a little (works on the dash of my pickup too). I'm really liking the small size and the attachment design as the whole thing is just much easier to casually carry. I also like the new SPOT App as it enables my wife to easily see where I'm at from her smart phone - much more convenient than a shared webpage. NOTE to the SPOT App writer: it would be cool to be able to log into multiple accounts so that I can track my son's activities as well. End of update.

Gen 1 was a bit of an IQ test (and many people did poorly). Gen 2 was a huge improvement in the antennae, mechanical package and user interface. Gen 3 is an even better mechanical design and the user interface is about as simple as it can be. I've owned/used all 3 generations and a happy SPOT user for 6+ years.

IMO, the best improvements are the smaller size, multiple attach points, and longer battery life. The rubber protective plugs over the HELP and SOS buttons are a nice touch.
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264 of 305 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Ramm on November 8, 2013
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While they were a pioneering low cost satellite tracker, I'm now glad to be rid of SPOT. I had a gen 1 product, have used gen II as well and these comments apply equally to gen III. SPOT trackers can work if used carefully, but they are not highly reliable, and the message transmission is completely "blind" (simplex) and the transmitter has no idea if a satellite has received the message or not. There is no guarantee your messages was received, and worse no way for you to know if it was or not. The company is also a pain in the ass to deal with. Their web site is very cumbersome just for things like basic account setup and management, it looks like a cross between Windows 1.0 and somebody's first web site project. And at times there are significant delays in messages getting thought their system, quite often noticed 20 minute or more delays that seem to happen on their back end (messages are marked earlier but take that long to appear), I have no idea how you design a system to do that. But the final straw for me is their automatic account renewal/customer billing. They seem to be operating a renewal scam. Where if you miss the automatic credit card renewal email they will charge your card and then force you to try to dispute the charge with your credit card company. And they have threatened customers with collections agencies where they have tried to do this. You are supposed to trust a company with this attitude to help track and maybe rescue you? You cannot prevent automatic billing without phoning their customer support. And they do not provide any useful/clear on their web site or FAQ etc. about this. Yes you will get a pre-renewal email, but that email also does not give any information about how to cancel the impending renewal. I canceled my SPOT service as I'm going over the the more capable Delorme InReach SE tracker (which uses duplex communications so can confirm/know a messages was received by a satellite).
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