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    SPOT Satellite Phone



    SPOT have announced the release of the Spot Global Phone

    The press release follows. Also there is some more information at GearJunkie

    Covington, LA (May 14, 2013) - SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. and leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced the new SPOT Global Phone, a portable, easy-to-use and data-enabled satellite phone. Hunters, hikers, boaters, off-road travelers and all outdoor enthusiasts will find that SPOT Global Phone provides industry-leading, crystal clear voice quality where cell service won’t work.

    “Outdoor recreationists have come to appreciate SPOT as a brand that keeps them safe as they explore new ways of getting off the grid,” said Jay Monroe, Chief Executive Officer, Globalstar. “As the first satellite phone available in major retail outlets such as West Marine, REI and Cabela’s, SPOT Global Phone will not only provide a lifeline during these adventures, but an opportunity to connect with impeccably clear voice quality on a satellite network that is light years ahead of the competition.”

    SPOT Global Phone Features

    Compact size: 5.3"H x 2.2" W x 1.5"D
    Lightweight: 7 ounces
    Satellite-based technology
    Superior voice clarity with no noticeable delay or echo
    Backlit color display optimized for outdoor daytime viewing
    Long-life battery: 4 hours talk time, 36 hours standby
    Data capable enabling email and file transfers
    Quick online activation, ten-digit dialing with local phone numbers
    Ergonomic design
    Lighted keypad
    911 emergency service access

    SPOT Global Phone ensures users can connect with family, friends and businesses even when their adventures take them out of cell coverage. With patented Qualcomm-based CDMA technology providing crystal-clear voice quality from anywhere within the service footprint, SPOT Global Phone users experience superior performance. Critical communications happen in an instant, with no noticeable time delays on a network that transmits even a whisper. With the availability of Express Data on most data plans, guaranteed data speeds of 9.6Kbps provide up to four times the data speed of most other mobile satellite data services and enable emails, file transfers, and basic services to occur at high-speed.

    Pricing and Availability
    The SPOT Global Phone is the only satellite phone to be offered in major retail outlets and is also available online and through a dealer network, expanding the reach of the mobile satellite service (MSS) market beyond oil fields and commercial fishing. The SPOT Global Phone retails at $499 plus a required subscription service that provides industry-leading voice quality starting at $24.99 monthly or as low as 25 cents per minute. For more information on where to buy the SPOT Global Phone and other SPOT products and service offerings, visit FindMeSPOT.com or call 866-651-SPOT.
    Thoughts on the Spot Global Phone?

    Andrew

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    Definitely an improvement from the much larger Iridium and Thuraya units we used in the sandbox. Nice small form factor for bike/backpacking, but still can't get away from the rather big stubby antenna. Assuming you can attach and remove the antenna for packing and calling but one less step to make a call can make a difference in an emergency. Who wants to dig through a pack and assemble the phone to make a simple call. Sat phone antenna technology needs to catch up. Can't really comment on the service rates... we really didn't care as Uncle Sam picked up the bill.
    Amolan

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    Hardware looks good I'd be concerned about the network. Living North of 60 the Iridium phones are the only ones people trust. Global Star coverage up here is dicey, at best.

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    Unless you are an expedition maniac and need a sat phone 24/7 you can rent them when needed and get the latest tech without having to buy or maintain a service plan between trips.

    How to Rent a Satellite Phone

    I don't even use a SPOT Messenger although I am reconsidering that.

    In general I'm not looking to be more in touch with the outside world on my rides. One of the reasons I am keen on dirt touring is the lack of connection for a while.

    Both Delorme and SPOT offer text messaging services via a smart phone and a GPS beacon device. SPOT is out going only. Delorme you can receive messages.

    I decided I didn't want to even mess with that level of communications.

    Having a SOS, OK and tracking options is perfect for me if I am going to carry an satellite device.

    BTW - the new SPOT MK3 have really great battery life and can use rechargeable batteries. Two issues I had with the MK2 unit and part of the reason I didn't get one.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
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