- Size (LWH): 7 inches, 5 inches, 2.5 inches
Spot connect smartphone satellite communicator + $150
- No cell signal? No problem. Turn your Smartphone into a satellite communicator with the SPOT Connect device.
- Send messages from virtually anywhere via satellite
- Type & Send custom messages (41 character) or Predefined message (120 characters) options (additional service required)
- Track Progress on Google Maps or SPOT Adventures page Integrates with Facebook, Twitter and SPOTadventures.com
- Smartphone app for operation and detailed status
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No cell signal? No problem. Turn your smartphone into a satellite communicator with SPOT Connect
Today?s smartphones provide a level of social connection far beyond what we imagined just a few years ago. But when you go beyond the reach of the grid, your smartphone needs the help of SPOT Connect to keep you in touch with friends, family, and emergency personnel. Simply pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Update Twitter and Facebook. Send email and text messages. Request non-emergency help from professional service providers. And in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance.
HOW IT WORKS
- Download the SPOT app and pair your Smartphone with SP
Top Customer Reviews
1) the unit paired easily with my iPhone 4s. I never had any issues linking via Bluetooth. I would simply turn SPOT on, turn on BT on the iPhone, connect to the device on the iPhone, and the blue light on the SPOT would show the pairing.
2) once placed in tracking mode, the unit remained in tracking mode and transmitted movement with no issues.
3) battery life, using lithium batteries, was adequate above the freezing line at 15,800'. I changed batteries daily once we started hitting colder climates.
4) friends and family were able to follow progress with relatively no issues, although all messages were not transmitted
1) if you mistakenly log out of the iPhone application AND you do not have cell coverage, you are screwed to use the application until you get a cell signal. It was only after I was able to link to VodaCom in Tanzania that I was able to get back into the application. This is absolutely crazy.
2) position of the device on the backpack, with the flat, logo-side upward, is absolutely critical. If the device is tilted it is virtually impossible to reliably transmit tracking information. Forget placing the device in the top pouch of your backpack -- it needs to be on the very top of your pack, with as much sky visible as possible. I secured it with lanyards and was able to keep it fairly stable for the two weeks.
3) The 45 character limitation on texting is a pain in the rear. You can be creative in your messages, but 45 is simply too short.
4) I was never able to pair the device with Facebook nor with Twitter.Read more ›
It's far from perfect, though. The device needs to be paired, via Bluetooth, and that's a process that doesn't work well with every phone (likely due to software problems on the phones, though). And instead of a straightforward messaging application, you have to go through several steps on a web page and the application. In part, that's probably to accommodate the "dumb" versions of this device.
If you're traveling away from cell phone connectivity, but don't want to spend too much money, this may be a good option. It still isn't cheap: in addition to the device itself, you're going to spend $100-$200/year on service charges.
[8/24/2011] After completing a cross-country trip, I have a couple more observations. The tracking function worked very well, and friends could follow my progress on a web page. The batteries lasted more than a week of continuous daytime operation (but only Lithium batteries). The phone I ended up using with the device worked fairly reliably; about once a day, I had to pair the phone and the device again, but usually, they'd just connect.
The trick that I discovered is that while Spot paired easily with the phone via blue tooth, it wouldn't actually connect most of the time--sometimes yes, but most times just kept trying but didn't happen. However, discovered that if I turn the blue tooth off on the phone, turn on Spot, open up Spot app on the phone, it starts to connect, asks if it can turn on blue tooth, and when clicked, it does that and they connect.
Hope we only use it when we need to tell our contact people we are OK and staying out a day longer than expected, but also good to know we have the SOS capability if needed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had my Spot Connect for three years. It performed admirably on my John Muir Trail hike when I had to request an unscheduled pickup due to an injury to one of our party. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This device was never able to receive enough satellite signal to get a reliable connection. Spot now has newer devices that are much easier to use and don't rely on a connection to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rick Bennette
Because of mixed reviews, I was uncertain about whether or not I should buy the Spot Connect. So far I'm very pleased with my purchase. Read morePublished 8 months ago by *~HJG~*
Used the SPOT systems before, great concept and idea. Gen3 works well, but trying to get this thing to connect
to your smartphone is a pain in the ass. Read more
The item may work I'm not for sure because it wouldn't pair with my iPhone the refund process was 75% satisfactory because they don't tell you when you sign up that your only... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Will
when I received the Spot Connect and began the activation process the web page indicated there was a firmware update available for the device. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JOHN T PATTERSON
Great product. Worth it for emergencies and peace of mind for people back home.Published 12 months ago by Zig
The ability to edit messages is great, I hope you come up with a device that allows editing messages without the use of the phone or iPod, this way is on last device to pack and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paulo H. Correa