Spot Connect for Android Helps You Stay Connected Virtually Anywhere

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    Looking to go on an exotic vacation soon? ...maybe going cliff-diving in Peru, or exploring the Australian Outback, or animal-watching on an African Safari. But, you want to stay connected to family and friends, or even, (shudder) work. You don't have one of those expensive satellite-based phones and service... what to do? Spot Connect has you covered. This cool device doesn't allow voice calls, but it facilitates Twitter, Facebook, email and SMS messages from locations without cell service!

    It does use an app so it requires a smartphone, and, for now, only Android has it. It definitely seems like a pretty nifty safety device for extremists who need to stay connected. It starts at $170 bucks, and it does require a minimum $100 dollar per/year subscription, which is still cheaper than a satellite phone with service.

    It could save your life, which is pretty priceless... or... at least you can Tweet to your Mom while you're being eaten by that Bengal Tiger. Ahhh... what a cute kitty!

    Source: findmespot
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    It's a satellite provider, meaning I'm sure it requires a clear sky. Something that small probably doesn't have the technology to break through a wicked storm.
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    Though cool and useful for some, but when I go on vacation, I don't want facebook or anything else following me.
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    agree...i think calls are most likely to save your life if in a bad situation.
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    I thought if you made an emergency call (911), it would use satellite regardless. I was told this was like a law enacted around 2000 give or take a few years.

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    No, I think you're thinking of calls to 911 automatically sending the dispatchers your GPS location. I'm pretty sure that your phone would almost never lose reception if it could make calls through a satellite... :icon_eek:
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    Correct....Sat Phones are $$$$ I've had to rent them before.

    But they have gotten cheaper....$63/wk + $1.69/min
    Satellite Phone Rental $62.93 per week, all included; Iridium Satellite Phone rentals, Rent a Satellite Phone.
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    No, I definitely heard something about phones having the capability to make satellite calls, but strictly for emergencies. I dont know if this is definitely true, but Ive heard it before...years ago.
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    I wish, but the fact is that if you have no bars, you have no connection to 911. Our phones arnt sat phones, that would require extra stuff on our phone, like an satellite capable antenna.
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    He is correct to a point. I can't remember the year but there was a law enacted saying that any phone, not just cell phones can be picked up and used to dial 911. This supposedly works on phones that have been deactivated or have never been activated yet. It will give your location to 911 so that someone can be dispatched to you without you even saying anything. This all works with one caveat though. There has to be cell service saturating the area you are trying to make an emergency call from and it only works in the US. Go 20 miles into Mexico or Canada and it won't work there either.
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    Yeah, I don't know. Its been so long since I heard that, so it probably was a myth. But you're right about that next part. Any deactivated cell phone will still dial out for emergencies. I've actually accidentally done that lol :-O

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    It was no myth. It really was a law enacted. I started building cell phone towers after that happened but a lot of the guys I worked with were doing cell work at that time and they talked about it.
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    You don't need clear skies for satellite coverage. If you did, GPS would not be as widespread as it is...
    It doesn't work really well under foliage or next to walls, though. I'm a land surveyor, so I have a little background with satellite reception.
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    I have a spot and use it when I go snowmobiling or quading or hunting. The beauty of it is that it works where my phone wouldn't even think of working. My wife can watch our progress as we travel the back country. It is super cool for her and if we ever get into REAL trouble help is just a buutton push away!!

    Can't see it really working on a cell

    Chris
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    What you are talking about is a deactivated phone being able to make a cell call even if you don't have the phone activated (i.e. no cell plan). Not the same thing, apples and oranges. This device uses a satellite service like the original Spot Messenger did. I can assure you unequivocally that our phones will not communicate directly with a satellite, not directly like this device uses them for messages. No way, no how, no question. Not Not Not. Just wanted to be clear on that, wasn't trying to be a smart arse : )
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    Agree to a point, most newer GPS receivers have different chip sets than the Spots have and have much better reception even with heavy tree coverage. The spots do well but nothing like a GPS. This device is a pretty neat concept but I can't imagine a use for it in the states. Unlike a call text msgs don't take much of a signal to get a txt out, have seen them used with lost hikers many times even though they couldn't get a call out. If you are that far out there and you are worried about getting a msg out than a sat phone would be a better choice or an ACR PLB type device, something for actual emergencies. I wouldn't trust my life to the Spot if I thought I would really need it. That's just my opinion though, so take it for what its worth.
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