*This item is on Pre-order. Lead time is 4 weeks minimum.
Today's smartphones provide a level of social connection far beyond what we imagined just a few years ago. But when you go beyond the reach of the grid, your smartphone needs the help of SPOT Connect to keep you in touch with friends, family, and emergency personnel. Simply pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Update Twitter and Facebook.
Send email and text messages. Request non-emergency help from professional service providers. And in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance.
SOS: Activate the SOS mode to begin sending your GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). Add a custom message to update responders of your condition. The IERCC alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe.
Help: Use the Help mode to send either custom Type & Send or Predefined messages to recipients in your contact list for non-life threatening assistance.
Check-in/OK: Use Check-in/OK mode to send your messages and your location to friends and family. These messages can also be simultaneously sent to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventures account.
Track Progress: Start/stop tracking at any time using the SPOT Connect App. (Additional service required). You can also mark a Reference Point or send Check-in/OK messages from specific locations while in Track Progress mode.
Type & Send: Use SPOT Connect to send custom email and text messages via satellites to your contacts. Create up to 41 character SOS, Help and Check-in/OK messages. Messages will be sent directly to the contact groups you select via email or SMS. You can even post custom messages on Twitter and Facebook. If you encounter problems, you can send custom SOS messages describing your situation, with your GPS position included.
Social Networks: Don't lose the connection to your social networks when you venture off the cellular grid. SPOT Connect with the basic service package enables you to send Predefined messages to your favorite social destinations. The Type & Send function allows you to create short custom messages in the field, which you can send to social destinations or specific contacts via email or text message.
Other Handy Information
Pricing: You can learn more about the current pricing for Spot here.
Activation: Once you have purchased and received your Spot unit from us, activate the unit and sign up for your selected plan here.
Comparison Products: Take a look at the Delorme InReach - a similar product, with the advantage of using the Iridium Sat Phone network and a display screen so you can use the device without it being paired with your phone.
3" x 2.6" x 1.2"
(7.6 cm x 6.6 cm x 3.2 cm)
4.9 oz (w/ batteries)
GPS Lat. Lon. datum format:
Operating temperatures: -13°F to +140°F
(-25°C to +60°C)
-328 ft to 21,325 ft
(-100 m to +6500 m)
Up to a depth of 1 meter
for up to 30 minutes
Bluetooth range ~30 feet
FCC, IC, WEEE, SAR, RoHS, CE
GPS accuracy: 32.8 ft (10 m) location accuracy
Commercial satellites (LEO):
1610-1620 MHz L-band frequency
1 to 4 at any one time
More satellites for SOS detection than anyone for faster signal detection.
Apple iOS: Made for iPod touch® (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPhone® 4S, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G* Android™: Platform 2.0 or later*
2 AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8X (L91)
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I felt inclined to write a review since there is very little real info on the spot connect right now. It works!! after receiving it, downloading the app on my htc evo. I fired it up synced it to the phone, briefed the owners manual, and the thing is ready to rock. As it advertises sends 41 charter text and email messages to a easy to set up group of people. From the time you hit send on your device to the time your text and email messages are received is under 5 minutes. The facebook updating also worked without a hitch. I had no problem syncing it and it appears to work within the standard range of all bluetooth devices. This is a must have for anyone going out of cell phone range.
The Spot Connect works very well, you do have to reconnect the bluetooth when you turn your phone or the Spot on. That is not very difficult. But within 15 minutes out of the box it was working.