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SPOT Connect Beacon
January 10, 2011
March 31, 2011
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Written by Hortuna
January 25, 2013
SPOT CONNECT- FIRMWARE UPGRADE AND NEW APP
last month I downloaded to new firmware and app for Spot Connect. Its like a completely new device. We love it. … More
•Pros: much easier to use than before
•Cons: wish it wasnt black. can be hard to fine in the d
12 viewers found this helpful.
Written by Doug
Prince George, B.C.
August 10, 2012
I've been playing around with this unit for a couple of weeks now, and it works very well! Lithium batteries, howev … More
•Pros: quick and efficient satellite connection
•Cons: a bit tricky maintaining all the bits together...
12 viewers found this helpful.
Written by Kevin
July 20, 2012
OVERALL SYSTEM NOT RELIABLE ENOUGH FOR SAFETY.
The only controls on the device are ON/OFF and the SOS button to call the GEOS International Emergency Response Center … More
•Pros: custom messages.
•Cons: no controls without smartphone/bluetooth
17 viewers found this helpful.
Written by McGyver
July 4, 2012
The Spot Connect is a rugged, well made device that works as advertised. Due (I believe) to the strong signal functi … More
•Pros: rugged, works as advertised, custom text messages
•Cons: bluetooth a bit flakey, batteries need securing
10 viewers found this helpful.
Written by Kevin
High River, AB
June 29, 2012
I bought this unit wrongly assuming that it had buttons on it for the OK, Help, Tracking and Custom Message features. … More
•Pros: great safety devices but get the messenger unit.
•Cons: most feature only available with smart phone.
•Recommend? NO OPINION
14 viewers found this helpful.
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.
SPOT Satellite Tracker Main Functions:
Check-in with SPOT - This feature allows you to let your friends and family know that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
SPOT Track Progress - This feature allows you to send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress in near real time using Google Maps. With your SPOT account you have the ability to set up a SPOT Shared Page which allows you to show your SPOT GPS locations to others on a Google Map.
Help! - In the event of a non-life threatening emergency, you can use this function to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance. Additional SPOT Assist services can be purchased and programmed to your Help button as well. When activated with SPOT Assist, the Help button will notify professional services either on the land or water. SPOT has partnered with national service providers to offer non-life threatening assistance.
Custom Message - This feature allows you to let your friends and family know receive a custom message along with your GPS location with a push of a button. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.
Roadside Assistance - Using the SPOT help feature you can get Roadside assistance if you are close to a mapped road. SPOT Assist's roadside service will offer 24/7 roadside assistance in the United States and Canada in Spring 2009. Using your national roadside assistance provider the SPOT will pinpoint your location for the service provider to ensure quick service when you are stuck by the road. No more guessing where you are and then trying to translate that location to the roadside assistance provider. They will find you with pin point accuracy.
SOS and 911 - Press and hold the 9-1-1 button to alert emergency responders of life-threatening events. The GEOS Emergency Response Center will work with public response agencies around the world, and call your emergency contacts to find out more about your situation and keep them informed of rescue progress. GEOS works with all rescue agencies from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and Coast Guard to local urban and rural 9-1-1 call centers. Optionally, GEOS will also dispatch private rescue agencies in those countries where public resources won't do. 911 sends a message and location update every 5 minutes until canceled.
Social Networks: Don't lose the connection to your social networks when you venture off the cellular grid. SPOT Connect with the basic service package enables you to send Predefined messages to your favorite social destinations. The Type and Send function allows you to create short custom messages in the field, which you can send to social destinations or specific contacts via email or text message.
HOW IT WORKS:
Once activated, log into your SPOT account and click the Share tab. Under Other Sharing Sites, you can choose which Social Networking site you would like to link to your account. Updates are sent when the Check-in/OK button is pressed. Post a Check-in/OK message to your Facebook or Twitter page when out of cell range and automatically include a map link to your location.
SPOT Satellite Tracker Coverage Map:
SPOT Pricing and Service:
The SPOT satellite messenger uses the Globalstar data communications network which is separate from the voice service. The SPOT annual fees for the data communications is listed below. These costs are by far the best for satellite data communications.
$99.99 USD/year: Basic satellite service subscription.
SPOT ALERT 9-1-1: Dispatch emergency responders to your location. Unlimited usage included.
SPOT CHECK IN: Let contacts know where you are and that you're okay. Unlimited usage included.
SPOT ASK FOR HELP: Request help from friends and family at your location. Unlimited usage included.
$7.95* USD/year: SPOT Insurance, GEOS Search and Rescue Benefit.
Provides up to $100,000 USD of additional search and rescue resources, including helicopter extraction around the world and reimbursement benefits - underwritten by Lloyd's of London - for any emergency service expenses incurred. For more information, including terms and conditions, visit http://www.geosalliance.com/sar
(* price if purchased at initial activation. $150.00 USD afterwards)
$49.99 USD/year: Tracking Upgrade Option.
Send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress using Google Maps. This upgrade is highly recommended by GPS City for anyone who will use the SPOT Track progress feature. Do not forget to get insurance so you are not billed for your rescue!
$30 USD/year: Roadside Assistance Option.
Just press the Help button to receive 24/7 Roadside assistance through the trusted Nation Safe Driver system. At a price lower than the popular OnStar service, you can receive have roadside assistance sent directly to your current GPS location. The SPOT system uses satellite communication so help is on its way no matter where you are. Even if you have no cell service, you will still be able to request roadside assistance using SPOT. Services include roadside towing, auto-accident assistance, fuel services, tire repair, battery service, and lost keys or lockouts
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Excellent service and very fast arrival of order Luci, May 20/13
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Very informative and easy to order Normand M. ON, May 13/13