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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Joined: 9/22/2011
Posts: 14

Thought this might be of some use in disasters or simply keeping in contact with home while you're out adventuring.

No endorsement is made by myself nor ACEP of this product so do your research before plunking down and cold hard cash. 

SPOT Connect Gives Your Smartphone Satellite Access


 It’s all well and good that you’re the adventurous type, likely at any time to be found camping in the Amazons, spelunking in the Yucatan or trekking in the Himalayas, but bringing your phone with you on those adventures might just be more dead weight in your backpack. Cellular reception is not universal. Satellite phones are notoriously expensive, so maybe the SPOT Connect can be a good compromise.

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.

You’re limited to 41 characters at a time for custom messages, and you can save a 120 character predefined message. Not a whole lot, but should be enough for quick updates. More important than letting your buddies in on which caves in Namibia offer the most guano/sq.ft. coverage is the fact that you can transmit your coordinates to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) in case of emergency. That right there is reason enough to spend the $169 that the device costs. Plus the $99 yearly for the subscription to the service.



It works with iPhone and Android devices.
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Joined: 3/9/2011
Posts: 6

I've heard good things about this. If going into a very remote area without some other backup communication method, like a sat phone, I think it is a must.
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