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That does look pretty nice. I'm paying over $200 a year for my Spot 3. Can get 2 way messaging for a little less with this one.

Maybe they will give existing Spot users a discount?

They may also keep raising the plan prices once they get you in their claws, like they did to me with Spot3.

Thanks for posting this. First I've heard of it.

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Thrilled to see this. I have been looking at all the different options for the last year or so. I hope this unit works well. I would love to get some real life experience and opinions of this product.  I wonder what the lag time is between messages.  Did this product just come out?

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Looks pretty similar to the Inreach. Competition is a good thing and IMO if Spot hadn't come out with this they would be out of the market in the near future. Maybe this will force Garmin to cut the price on their latest offerings. Doesn't say if you can suspend service like you can with the Inreach. I deactivate my Inreach when I don't have any trips planned. What's with the $20 activation fee?

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Fees are something that  turned me off of the Inreach.  I want to see how well the Spot works, but it definitely has my interest.

All annual plans are subject to a $19.95 activation fee. No charge applies to changing to a more inclusive annual plan; a $24.95 fee applies to changing to a less inclusive annual plan.

Enrollment in Freedom plans is subject to a $24.95 annual fee. A Freedom plan's minimum term is 30 days. New 30-day minimum applies to changed Freedom plans. No charge applies to changing a Freedom plan. Service can be suspended 1 month at a time at no charge. User retains access to inReach data stored on the Garmin Explore portal while account is suspended. Selected plan auto-renews monthly unless user changes account selections in the Garmin Explore                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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49 minutes ago, ADV Bum said:

 

Fees are something that  turned me off of the Inreach.  I want to see how well the Spot works, but it definitely has my interest.

All annual plans are subject to a $19.95 activation fee. No charge applies to changing to a more inclusive annual plan; a $24.95 fee applies to changing to a less inclusive annual plan.

Enrollment in Freedom plans is subject to a $24.95 annual fee. A Freedom plan's minimum term is 30 days. New 30-day minimum applies to changed Freedom plans. No charge applies to changing a Freedom plan. Service can be suspended 1 month at a time at no charge. User retains access to inReach data stored on the Garmin Explore portal while account is suspended. Selected plan auto-renews monthly unless user changes account selections in the Garmin Explore                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Same here. The inreach tracking gets expensive quick.  I think I'm going to pull the trigger and get a spot X to try out. I hope I can get it before heading out to overland expo next week.

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Hmmm.... No bluetooth? One of the features I really like about the Inreach is the ability to pair it to my phone. Maybe Spot will add that feature to an upcoming model? Meanwhile now that there's competition it will be interesting to see what happens with Garmin pricing for the service plans. The $24.95 service fee is for the Freedom plan only and gives you the ability to turn service on\off. Wish Spot would offer that. Waiting to see reviews:)

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Personally, I'd rather not have to worry about having two devices being charged and also not broken.

Since spot started offering device rentals, I wonder if they'll somehow extend that to this.

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Just now, stuckthrottle said:

Personally, I'd rather not have to worry about having two devices being charged and also not broken.

Since spot started offering device rentals, I wonder if they'll somehow extend that to this.

You don't have to pair it. It's just an option. I usually have my inreach in my backpack pocket and my phone in a holder on my chest protector. The bluetooth is a really nice feature but not a show stopper. One thing Spot doesn't talk about is the procedure to text to the Spot X. On the Inreach the easiest way is to reply to a text sent from the Inreach. There's no fixed address that a user can use to initiate a message to it via text. You can go to your mapshare web page and send a message from there. Wonder how Spot is approaching this aspect? I don't see any mention of it on their website or the quick start manual.

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Good point. I've had no first hand experience with the inreach but came close to purchasing one just recently. I reached out to spot for more info. I'll post it here when I get it.

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Dedicated cell number for the Spot X. I like that. Wonder if Garmin will adopt something similar? Not ready to jump ship yet but it looks like formidable competition for Inreach.

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I was just thinking about an inreach - the spot x looks closer to what I want.   Thanks

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Well this Spot X looks to be a good addition to the communicator market.  I just bought into the Garmin InReach device and found it to be much easier than I imagined to use.  The Bluetooth function was pretty much effortless to use and had the benefit of easy access to All your contacts. Once you send a message to family or anyone their reply is much like responding to a call. In other word,  they have your contact number be it through InReach. The stand alone messaging on the Garmin is pretty flexible as well, with pre-set message, and jog dial writing.  I found the Weather intel for be valuable when there is no local cell connect. For me the tracking on the InR is only good as a backup to the Montana. The small screen works fine because I don't use the mapping much. The qwerky(sp) keyboard is a big plus on the X. That big screen on the X is another advantage.

I currently am paying $250 annually for the Spot 3, including 10min tracking, device replacement and $15 Network Maintenance. Network Maintenance is a BS adder in my opinion. So, pretty pricey for the value. My device will be shut down this month before renewal. 

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P.S.  The Quick Start Guide explains that you can add up to 70 contacts via your web page or manually on the Spot X

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I’m going to buy ‘something’ Soon. Watching this thread with great interest. 

I need to be able to hit the ‘all is good’ button for wifeys comfort when I’m riding and camping off-grid. Not to mention for worst case scenario. 

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1 hour ago, Zubb said:

I’m going to buy ‘something’ Soon. Watching this thread with great interest. 

I need to be able to hit the ‘all is good’ button for wifeys comfort when I’m riding and camping off-grid. Not to mention for worst case scenario. 

Same here.

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I was hoping to get my hands on at overland expo, where I'm currently at. But they didn't show up, empty booth space where they were supposed to be. I wonder what that's about.

Garmin is here and I spoke with them and they sold out of all the new minis they brought.

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