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Recent reviews for this item:
Lizard Wizard, June 1, 2012 I travel extensively in the deserts of Nevada, eastern
California, and Oregon for field research and am often out
of cell-phone service. I also take college students along,
many of whom have never been in such remote areas. I use the
spot (the original model purchased 3 years ago) on a daily
basis while on these trips to notify both my family and the
families of students where we are (much to their alarm at
times - "there aren't any roads to get there!"). This has
been a great aid to alleviating fears of friends and
families. Many F&F start anticipating the signals coming
just to watch progress. I can't say that the device is
fool-proof, but it has proved very useful. I have never
used the Help or SOS buttons.
davidb1957, May 10, 2012 Service was $99yr. I was charged $145. for this coming
year. The crazy part is the yearly subscription on their
site says $99. $99? $145? Hmmmm, seems to be a bit of a
discrepancy and a rip off. It says tracking is included in
the $99 fee but it is NOT. That was a rip off!!!! and pissed
Aaron, April 15, 2011 I was one of the first few thousand to get a messenger. At
the beginning the SPOT customer service was rude or non-existent.
Had it from May 2009 until today, April 2011. On quite a
few outings it would acquire a good signal at home before
heading out and send a test message only about 50% of the
time. During the hike/bike/whatever it would not acquire a
signal the majority of the time, probably over 50% of the
time, no signal, no tracking when I got home to check it
online, and no messages to recipients. Service was $99yr.
I just cancelled moments ago because with no notification (
I get their newsletter and promos via email frequently) I
was charged $162.93 for this coming year. The crazy part is
the yearly subscription on their site says $99. $99? $162?
Hmmmm, seems to be a bit of a discrepancy.
Too much money for a device that isn't reliable.
ATV Trainer, December 15, 2010 Use it for ATVing in the back country. Have had mine for
nearly 3 years and while I have had full services, it only
sent half of the tracking messages at best to my contacts,
so I went back to the basic service. I now send a message
when I begin and again when I end my rides. I strongly
suggest you leave the unit on for quite some time after you
push the OK button - don't assume a successful send to
signal the end of your ride. Nice way to keep family
informed that you are OK, however it worries me that a 911
emergency contact may never be sent because of vegatation