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DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Tracker
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- Trigger an SOS and interact back and forth with GEOS, our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
- Send and receive 160 character free-form text messages with GPS coordinates to emails or cell numbers anywhere in the world.
- Adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours allow you to track your trip and share your location including GPS coordinates, elevation and speed
- Provides 100% global coverage through the Iridium satellite network. Delivery confirmation for all text messages and SOS signals., Color screen with predictive, virtual keyboard for standalone two-way messaging
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Send and Receive Text Messages. Anywhere.
inReach SE is the most affordable satellite communicator that allows you to send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers and email addresses worldwide. With inReach, you know if your message has been received with message confirmation. Only inReach has the ability to send and receive text messages either on-screen on the device or paired mode with your iOS or Android mobile device or tablet.
Trigger an SOS in an emergency and have a two-way text conversation with GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitering center. With inReach, you will know that your SOS alert has been received and help is on the way with message confirmation. GEOS works with local authorities to coordinate the proper response. GEOS will communicate with you, keeping you informed of ETA as well as staying up on the current situation. True peace of mind amidst a crisis.
Truly Global Coverage
The DeLorme inReach is powered by Iridium, which commands the world’s farthest-reaching commercial satellite constellation. Needless to say, you don’t want to gamble with your life on one-way networks, delays or coverage gaps. Oh, and it’s the only satellite network that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication.
Interactive SOS Communications
Interact with the search and rescue monitoring center to communicate the nature of your distress and stay in touch throughout the rescue process. Have the peace of mind knowing the ETA of responders.
Type 160-character messages on the digital keyboard with predictive text, navigate between messaging, tracking, and other options on the easy to use home screen configuration. Initiate tracking, send preset messages, and post to social media all in standalone mode.
Earthmate App for iOS and Android
Transform your smartphone or tablet into a global satellite communication and navigation tool with our free Earthmate app for iOS and Android devices. Operate the inReach through Bluetooth to message, track, and navigate using free topo maps and NOAA charts equipped with your coordinates, elevation, and course.
Tracking and Locating
Adjustable tracking intervals allow you to track your trip and share your location, including GPS coordinates, elevation, and speed. If the device is on, family, friends, and contacts can request your location, providing a peace of mind.
Explore Web Portal
Prepare and share your journey with family and friends on our Explore web portal. Manage contacts, preset messages, as well as link up social media and view past trips on a detailed DeLorme topographic map. Tracking and message history saved to the portal.
Iridium Satellite Network
inReach connects you to the Iridium network - The world's largest satellite constellation. It's also the only satellite network that provides 100% global coverage with no gaps, fringe, or weak areas for two-way communication. Also, it's the go-to for the US military.
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The inReach SE operates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite communications and high network reliability anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas. With the ability to maintain satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments, the inReach SE also offers global SOS capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to 4 hours, and remote real-time follow-me/find-me tracking and ping-me locating. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to describe and update their situation so proper resources can be deployed. With 90% of the world’s surface lacking mobile phone coverage, inReach SE is essential gear for the traveller or outdoor adventurer to keep them connected and safe anywhere in the world. The inReach range of devices are the only affordable satellite communication devices that can both send and receive text messages.
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*** BEWARE: THE SERVICE IS A SCAM ***
Here's what happened. I am a Pilot and thought this would be a nice addition to my flight bag. I setup the service and selected the minimal service option since I expected to use it infrequently. My credit card expired during my service contract and Delorme sent me an email that I found in my Outlook Spam folder informing me that my service was deactivated. These things happen so I called the next day (within 12 hours of their email) to give them the new credit card number and restore the service. I was SHOCKED to be informed that since my service had lapsed they would require me to pay all of the remaining payments on my contract term - (around $149) - in order for me to open a new contract on the device. Ok, I thought - I'll pre-pay the rest of my contract - my card DID expire and I forgot this was one of the automatic monthly payments going out on that card.
The very friendly rep then informed me that I would not be pre-paying the remaining payments but rather paying out the initial contract so that I could then re-subscribe under a new contract.
*** if your credit card expires.... and you don't remember to update it.... you will pay a lump sum equal to ALL your remaining service months and receive NO SERVICE for those payments. ***
*** If you don't pay they "lock" your device and send you to a collection agency ***
Did they copy this from an early 90s cell phone contract? I'm pretty sure this would be an illegal consumer contract, however, for under $200 it's not worth calling my attorney. I just want to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else.
Hard to rate this, since it has no direct competition. And definitely a very full Five Stars for customizable two-way texting via satellite. But only fair for navigation in the field (i.e., the feature that differentiates it from the less expensive SE, introduced last year), and horribly weak for pre-trip planning (until perhaps a future firmware and/or website upgrade fixes that). [August 7, 2014 Edit: gpx import is now active, although waypoints are temporarily capped at 200 -- once this is fully implemented, my rating will go up to four stars. April 2015 Edit: pre-trip planning is good now, with only significant drawback being the need to go through the website interface, i.e., no way to transfer gpx data back-and-forth between your computer and the InReach w/o an internet connection. The Earthmate phone app now has all your tracks/routes and waypoints, plus some basic navigational functions, but major drawback relative to, say, Backcountry Navigator is that the names/labels for that data aren't visible on the screen; big advantage though for the Earthmate app is that your phone can use the inReach GPS and run in Airplane mode -- except for enabling Bluetooth -- for *DAYS* instead of drawing down the battery relatively quickly using the phone's own GPS chip.]
By way of my own personal background, for backcountry communication, I started off with a first-generation PLB, then the original Spot, followed by the Spot 2.0.
I held off on the original inReach, since I was wary of cell phone pairing in the backcountry.
But I bought the inReach SE immediately since it was a self-contained device, and therefore I suffered through DeLorme's initial lack of the promised syncing between computer and device (which allows contacts to be entered, and preset messages to be previewed) and many incorrect invoices.
Eventually though all that was fixed with firmware updates, and I've been very happy with my SE since then.
However, I was so tempted by the navigational features of the Explorer that I bought it immediately, since I hoped to leave behind the extra weight of my trusty old Garmin 60Cx. (Alternatively, although my smart phone is pretty good for backcountry navigation, I can't rely on it entirely since the touch screen is unreliable for ski mountaineering in cold and/or wet weather.) Unfortunately, the Explorer so far has been deja vu all over again.
So first I went through six rounds of attempts to get my new Explorer to realize that it was an Explorer and not some strange Explorer/SE hybrid (though this problem might have been unique transferring my SE service plan to my new Explorer). At least DeLorme customer service was very helpful with that (albeit not successful until the sixth try).
Based on initial use so far, as a GPS unit in the field, the Explorer is acceptable - barely. No base maps, so tracks/routes and waypoints are viewed against a blank background. (Yes, the Earthmate application uses the Explorer's GPS fix to show your position on a basemap on your phone, but that's it for the app's navigational features, even after having been around for years now, as it predates the SE version of inReach, so you're better off using some other app like Gaia or Backcountry Navigator. [April 2015 Edit: The app is much better now, as noted in the previous bracketed aside.]) And although another two buttons would have greatly enhanced menu manipulation and other functions, but the Explorer still retains only the same limited buttons as the SE. So when viewing the map, alternating between zooming versus scrolling is very cumbersome. [April 2015 Edit: This is unfortunately still a problem that can't be fixed with any firmware updates.]
For trip planning, the Explorer right now is abysmal.
Perhaps a future firmware upgrade will fix this, but as of now, creating navigational data to be transferred to the Explorer can be done only when your computer has an internet connection, and DeLorme does not offer any sort of gpx file import.
[August 7, 2014 Edit: gpx import is now active, although waypoints are temporarily capped at 200 -- once this is fully implemented, my rating will go up to four stars. April 2015 Edit: See prior comments on the improvements.]
This is okay if your only needs are to view the topo website on the website and create a few obvious waypoints and/or a simple route following a trail, but otherwise . . .
. . . more specifically, the Explorer essentially has three distinct sets of navigational data: Explorer-created lines called tracks, website-created lines called routes, and waypoints.
1. Tracks can be synced to the website and then exported to a gpx file. The track memory can also be cleared on the Explorer to declutter the map view and free up memory. (However, for the latter concern, any track logging interval less than a minute prompts a warning about more rapid depletion of the battery, yet even a 10-second interval still provides an estimated week of tracking memory, and even a one-second interval provides an estimate day of memory.)
2. Routes can be created, edited, and deleted on the website, synced to the Explorer, and deleted on the Explorer. (An in-progress navigation to a website also shows up in the route, but then disappears once navigation is ended, although that disappearance could be a function of my navigation testing not having entailed actually going anywhere yet.) No possibility though for exporting the route out from the website via a gpx file (or any other way), and no possibility for importing route data from a gpx file (or any other way). To create a route more precise that just clicking on map features: a) if the goal is to create a saved route from an Explorer-created track, then you can click away to essentially create a new line overlaid on the recorded track; if the goal is to replicate a previously created track in a gpx file, you can create a series of temporary waypoints from the individual tracklog points, then play connect-the-dots with your drawn route. [August 7, 2014 Edit: gpx import is now active, although tracklogs are limited to 512 points/nodes each, but if you want the original detail, then you can overcome this limited but splitting each tracklogs into multiple segments, with the total number of tracklogs/routes apparently not capped. April 2015 Edit: See prior edits.]
3. Waypoints can be created, deleted, and edited on either the Explorer or the website, and synced back & forth. Waypoints created on the Explorer are automatically uploaded (at the user-specified message check interval) via the Iridium satellite network to the user's map page on the DeLorme website (and ditto for in-progress navigational "routes"), with no way currently to override this automated (and bafflingly free) uploading (despite the drain on the Explorer's battery and the use of DeLorme's satellite bandwidth). The only way to import or export waypoint data to or from an outside source is to copy & paste the coordinates. [August 7, 2014 Edit: gpx import is now active, although waypoints are temporarily capped at 200 -- once this is fully implemented, my rating will go up to four stars. April 2015: Ditto as before.]
The unit is working, but the emails it sends are a bit confusing (original invite messages have a link to the tracking page, but if you send a subsequent reply it can confuse the receiver as it has link to a single point, not the whole map. Also unclear which messages are charged and which are free, the device doesn't tell you, and who remembers some contract they signed a while back.
But, I am being tracked halfway around the world.
Anyway, upgrading my review now to 3 stars.
My original review:
Received this unit on Saturday, from a reseller who stood on their head to get it to me. The activation is many-steps, requiring multiple software downloads, walking outside, creating an account, paying $$$. After all this, I was slow on one step, and it is stuck in 'Waiting for confirmation". My account is "Suspended" when I try to log in. And, it is Saturday, Delorme has no customer support until Monday. So I have a paperweight, and I am leaving on my trip tomorrow.
They brag on their site their support is "US based." Not good enough, they need to pay some weekend time.