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billconner
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06/10/2018 07:00PM
Has this been discussed already? Looks interesting not having to gave a phone.

SPOT X 2 Way
 
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TipsyPaddler
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06/10/2018 08:11PM
Looks like some competition for the Garmin InReach!

Hopefully it will motivate Garmin to reconsider their Freedom Plan subscription prices.

I noticed that Garmin is now selling a smaller version of the InReach as well.
06/10/2018 08:25PM
Some detail on these devices on Andrew Skurka's blog

"Hopefully it will motivate Garmin to reconsider their Freedom Plan subscription prices."

Probably not if the information in the blog is accurate: "Unlike Garmin, SPOT does not offer a month-to-month plan, i.e. activate your service only for the months when you’ll use the device."
TipsyPaddler
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06/10/2018 09:32PM
boonie:
Probably not if the information in the blog is accurate: "Unlike Garmin, SPOT does not offer a month-to-month plan, i.e. activate your service only for the months when you’ll use the device."
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Thanks. I need to compare the fine print details of the SPOT X monthly plans as they like looked comparable at first glance.
andym
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06/10/2018 10:51PM
Read the reviews on REI. Seems like it doesn’t work well yet. I like the keyboard on the Spot X but the possibility of accidental SOS activations and other problems isn't worth it. I don't expect to send many text messages, I mostly want interactive SOS features and can deal with clunky texting in case of an emergency. So, I’m going to buy an Inreach Explorer+.
06/11/2018 05:29AM
TipsyPaddler: "boonie:
Probably not if the information in the blog is accurate: "Unlike Garmin, SPOT does not offer a month-to-month plan, i.e. activate your service only for the months when you’ll use the device."
"


Thanks. I need to compare the fine print details of the SPOT X monthly plans as they like looked comparable at first glance."


Yes, I assumed at first that monthly meant it was going to be a plan like Garmin's, but apparently not so.
andym
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06/11/2018 01:49PM
Someone should definitely call Spot for confirmation about the plans. I can't tell if you can go on or off or not. You might be able to but might need to pay the activation fee each time. That ups the cost. Garmin's activation fee might be annual.

Also check if your info on their website stays active when your device is inactive. E.g. can you get to your tracks and such.

BTW, the Garmin Inreach Explorer+ is $75 off through 6/16.
 
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