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SPOT X provides 2-way satellite messaging so you can stay connected to family, friends and colleagues whenever you’re outside of cellular range, including direct communication with Search & Rescue services in case of a life-threatening emergency. SPOT X even provides you with your own personal mobile U.S. number so others can message you directly from their cell phone or other SMS devices at any time.
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First Impressions: Spot’s New Satellite Messenger

With the X, the company refreshes its flagship device
https://www.outsideonline.com/230503...lite-messenger
Will Egensteiner


May 10, 2018


On Thursday, satellite-communication pioneer Spot announced its first new model in five years. Dubbed the Spot X, it brings the company a little more up to date in an increasingly flooded market.


Looking like a beefed-up Blackberry that grew an antenna, the Spot X is chunky. But it delivers on most of the functionality you’d expect from a device its size, with a 2.7-inch screen—black-and-white though it may be—and a Qwerty keyboard. Chief among the X’s features are two-way satellite text messaging and e-mail (a first for Spot), an SOS function that notifies GEOS International Emergency Response of your location and allows you to directly message with the service, the ability to check in with select contacts at the push of a button, and GPS tracking via Google Maps. You can also post to Facebook and Twitter directly from the X.
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That’s all fairly standard for satellite messengers today. The most noteworthy development is that each Spot X has its own registered U.S. phone number. That means you’re reachable via text should anyone need to get in touch with you. That’s not the case with something like a Garmin InReach, which displays a different number on every string of texts.


What else would we like to see? Downloadable maps, for one. With the X, you have to plan your route beforehand or bring along a paper map. Of course, with a built-in compass and Spot’s excellent tracking capability, you should be able to find your way to and from that route using the waypoints logged by the device. (Choose from every 2.5, 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes.) Friends and family can track your progress on Google Maps via the company’s website. That said, with, say, Garmin’s InReach SE+, you can view your route on-screen as you go. Weather updates would be nice, too.


The X has a leg up on the Garmin when it comes to battery life. It’ll last, on average, ten days when tracking at ten-minute intervals, while the SE+ is good for a little over four. (The SE+ also has a color screen and, thanks to the added functionality, more processing going on.) For gram counters, the X tips the scale at seven ounces. The InReach SE+: 7.5 ounces.


The Spot X retails for $250 and requires a service plan (from $20 a month). That price for the device is hundreds of dollar less than many models out there. You don’t get quite the feature set; if you’re someone who’d use a satellite messenger more than occasionally, it might be worth going all in on a device with a fuller range of functionality. But the X is a good middle-of-the-road sat-comm option for someone who heads out on the occasional long backcountry trip and just wants to be reachable if folks back home need to get in touch.
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OK so here is my question. I have seen people talk that the In-reach models run on the Iridium satellite network and Spot runs on its own network making the coverage not as good as the Garmin In-reach. Anyone have any information in regards to that? Because I'll be honest I don't need all the GPS stuff that the Garmin has on it (already carry a Garmin Rhino) and my Phone is turned off while riding so linking a bluetooth device is a pain.
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OK so here is my question. I have seen people talk that the In-reach models run on the Iridium satellite network and Spot runs on its own network making the coverage not as good as the Garmin In-reach. Anyone have any information in regards to that? Because I'll be honest I don't need all the GPS stuff that the Garmin has on it (already carry a Garmin Rhino) and my Phone is turned off while riding so linking a bluetooth device is a pain.

SPOT uses the Globalstar satellite network
https://www.globalstar.com/support/coverage-maps
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SPOT uses the Globalstar satellite network
https://www.globalstar.com/support/coverage-maps
Which shows some big areas that do not have two way communication. While the Inreach says it has 100% global coverage for two way communication.

I think if I was just looking for a US and Canada device the spot would be the easy win. But I would like two way communication across the globe.
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Feature/function vs. price. They'll sell their share of these.


As a sat phone user, I swore off Globalstar years ago. Iridium became a much more reliable sat-comm platform. Perhaps Globalstar has improved, but when you use it for business, or to save a life, almost working doesn't cut it.
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Question to anyone who has run a spot device before. Did you ever have an issue with the device not connecting or any signal issue with them?

I'm kind of thinking about trying one of these.
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Which shows some big areas that do not have two way communication. While the Inreach says it has 100% global coverage for two way communication.

I think if I was just looking for a US and Canada device the spot would be the easy win. But I would like two way communication across the globe.

And here I was having NO idea that you were such the World Traveler!
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Question to anyone who has run a spot device before. Did you ever have an issue with the device not connecting or any signal issue with them?

I'm kind of thinking about trying one of these.
Since I have been running a SPOT for many years now on 3 different generations of their platform.


YES.
On days with VERY heavy overcast days, I have seen a DELAY in signal propagation


Never seen it FAIL to transmit, but sometimes I do see it take a few minutes to complete the uplink of my GPS location for posting back to the tracking system.
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And here I was having NO idea that you were such the World Traveler!
You would be amazed then.

Wife just got back from a couple weeks in Spain. We are both going to Iceland in October. At $10 a day to use or Verizon Phones most of the time we could just leave those off and use something like this. Save a few bucks and ideally have a better, more reliable method of communication. Then factor all of the Emergency items on top of that and this becomes a very interesting option.

She is a bit more of a worldly traveler then I am as I tend to spend more of my time in North America But part of the reason I have been looking into something like this is for her to carry while traveling also. It would be handy to be able to give this to her on her travels whether then be in a place like Spain or on a cruise ship so that she can randomly check in and let me know all is well. I don't need a full phone call check in detailed review of her location. Just a text saying all is well is a nice thing to see when she is half a world away.
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