Spot Connect Satellite Communicator with GPS for smartphones


Spot LLC continues to make satellite emergency systems available to more people. Their latest is called SPOT Connect which turns smartphones into a one-way satellite communicator that can send messages with GPS position to personal contacts, social networks or to summon help in emergencies from remote areas beyond cellular coverage.

SPOT Connect syncs via Bluetooth with Androids phones and uses the GPS to determine location and the Globalstar satellite network to transmit that information to personal contacts or an international emergency response center. This works when there’s no cellular coverage allowing you to send 41 character messages as text to your friends, family, or even update social networks. It also has a SOS button for standalone emergency operation, waterproof to IPX7 standard, and only weigts 3.7 ounces.

SPOT Connect will go for $170 and there’s of course a required annual subscription service starting at $100/year. Coverage is definitely better than T-Mobile but still it is completely global. The satellite messaging is available including continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia Northern and Central Africa, portions of South America and North-Eastern Asia and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas.

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