UPDATE: I have reason to believe that this deal may be gone by tomorrow. I suspect that DeLorme may have saddled dealers with a minimum resale price, though that is purely conjecture on my part.
UPDATE 2: Hmm, the deal is still there as of 9/22. Maybe I got bad info. The page now says the rebate is in effect through 9/25.
UPDATE 3: Looks like its now priced at $449.00.
J&R Computer/Music World has the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60W Handheld GPS with SPOT Satellite Communicator on sale for $399.95 with free shipping, $90 less than Amazon’s price this morning. This is an amazing deal for a just released product that allows you to text friends, send an SOS, or post to Twitter or Facebook where there is no cell reception.
I’ve been testing one of these and plan to have a full review up in a few weeks; you can see my tracking page here. Just to interpret, on my last mountain bike ride with the device (Sept. 16), it did a great job of tracking my progress on the uphill portion, but not so well on the fast downhill where it transmitted an errant trackpoint (#14 on the map). Still, I was pretty impressed given the terrain, canopy and the fact that I was on the go. The SPOT unit was placed on top of my CamelBak, as shown in the pic at the end of this post.
EDIT: I have to take it back about the errant trackpoint. I’m looking at .gpx files of the message history and the point I referenced above is accurately placed. Unfortunately, the downhills are so fast that I’m not collecting enough points for a good sample. Must ride more!
To be clear, a SPOT subscription is required. Here are the options, from the DeLorme website:
- $99.99/year for Basic services (minimum service level), including SOS, Check-In/OK, Send Pre-Canned Messages
- $49.95/year for 500 Type & Send text messages ($0.10 per msg)
- $29.95/year for 100 Type & Send text messages ($0.30 per msg)
- $0.50/msg for A la Carte Type & Send text messages (individually priced)
- $49.95/year for Track Progress
Signing up for the full package breaks down to just $17 a month!
Currently, satellite service on the DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator can only be activated in the United States or Canada. You must activate your SPOT service with a credit card having a United States or Canadian billing address.
Visit the SPOT website to sign up and manage your account and learn more about the SPOT Satellite Communicator.