Spot 3 Satellite GPS Messenger - Orange
|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.56 x 1 x 3.43 inches|
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- S. O. S. - in an emergency, send an S. O. S. With your GPS location to geos, who facilitates search and rescue
- Check in - let contacts know where you are and that you're okay with a pre-programmed message
- Help/spot S. O. V. - request help from your friends and family at your GPS location. OR, ask for help from professional assistance organizations
- Custom message- let contacts know where you are by sending a pre-programmed message with your GPS location
- Track- automatically send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using google maps
- Service agreement required.
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SPOT Gen3 gives you a critical, life-saving line of communication when you travel beyond the boundaries of cell Service. The latest generation of award-winning SPOT devices, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you're okay, or if the worst should happen, sends emergency responders your GPS location - all with the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam. Long live adventure. Service agreement required.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English, French
- Product Dimensions : 2.56 x 1 x 3.43 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : SPOT-3 ORANGE
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Batteries : 2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
- Date First Available : August 7, 2013
- Manufacturer : SPOT LLC
- ASIN : B00C8S8S4W
- Customer Reviews:
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An identical device, purchased for our daughter for her travels in South America and Asia last year, also stopped working after a month or so, and is also sitting on the shelf. As she is a single young women travelling in a lot of out of the way places, we would have loved for her to have a functioning device. But SPOT let us down there as well.
Spend your money with a company that cares about it's customers.
Called Spot today, and apparently water damage is not covered under the warranty. Kind of lame for a device that claims a waterproof rating.
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I am currently emailing Spot for a refund on whats left of my subscription.
Even when it does work, it takes an age to track / send message.
Spots customer service is almost non existent, they often do not respond to emails, and the phone number they tell you to use to cancel a subscription does not work, its always engaged, i've tried for 2 days straight at every hour of the day ( even though its meant to be a 24hr line ) ... Utterly useless, im now in contact with my credit card provider to recover the subscription and i will avoid this company, gone back to Garmin whilst more in cost, is a whole lot better to deal with! even 1star for the service ive been provided with is too much!
This is an excellent way to send "I've arrived at..." messages and the recipient gets the coordinates and a link to a map and to google earth showing the location. Great for keeping people informed when you've got no phone signal like in most of Snowdonia, Skye, the Scottish Highlands, the Lakes etc. which are my usual haunts. The tracking works well too and I've left it on the default 10-minute log which is fine. The tracks can be exported to .gpx and other file formats for use on Memory Map or whatever you use and this tracking seems far more reliable than the Memory Map software which adds spurious waypoints when it acquires a new Wi-Fi connection (maybe from a nearby walker's hot-spot) and, importantly, it means I can keep my phone switched off and out of the way. Those tracks and messages can also be shared on Facebook and twitter if that's your thing.
Not had to use the "call out Thunderbirds" button nor the "It's not critical but is there anyone nearby who can help me out?" button, and I hope I never need to, but knowing the other functions work well gives me confidence that I can rely on this Personal Locator Beacon if I ever had an emergency. It could be especially useful that you can call out mountain rescue without having to split the team to send for help in an area with no phone signal.
However, I justified getting this, not just for the emergency situations which is its prime purpose, but because it had useful functions like the messaging and tracking which I find useful for regular hikes and expeditions. That will be really good to let people at home track progress when I go to Everest Base Camp next spring. No international calls, no updates via dodgy internet but real-time tracking and pre-loaded messages. Just the job.
I purchased one of these for my wife to cover our need to track each other whilst doing separate wilderness adventures in New Zealand: I was doing multi-day bikepacking in areas devoid of phone coverage whilst she was doing hiking. As my activities were more frequent and risky than hers, I used a Garmin InReack Mini - and that (and the online mapping and earthmate app, worked fualtlessly and we were very impressed with this throughout.
However, the function of the Spot equivalents were frankly useless:
1. It is very fussy about being carried at the right angle etc on the body to get satellite coverage.
2. There's no meaningful battery state indication so you never really know how long it's going to last.
3. Having to remove the batteries and charge them externally is a right pain and is also very fiddly. They don't draw much attention to this fact. You will have to carry spare AAA batteries and a suitable charging unit.
4. The online mapping (i.e. using this to find where the trackee is located) is not much use, unless you are tracking someone doing a simple point to point route - as you can't easily see their current location, just a series of footprint markers.
5. The Spot App is similarly unhelpful and sluggish. Plus it just kept on crashing. Frustrating and ineffective.
6. If all you want to do is have a very basic tracking for emergencies, it just might be some use, but otherwise, you really should get a Garmin InReach instead, which, used with Earthmate. really does provide easy and reliable tracking plus 2-way SMS/email communication so that you can communicate effectively anywhere.
7. On return home, I decided to cancel the subscription and flog this in e-bay at the earliest opportunity.
8. BUT they don't support easy cancellation of the subscription! Guess what - you have to PHONE them (an expensive phone call to the US) to initiate the cancellation, plus you have to give 30 days notice, so will have to pay for another month (that's assuming you have opted for the monthly plan) that will be wasted, AND their phone line is only open on weekdays, during working time and on CST. Good luck with actually getting through to an operator! Why do they not have an online cancellation option? Pretty obvious really - they don't want you to be able to cancel easily.
Thoroughly disgusted with the product, app and service.