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REI.com and GPS City both have the DeLorme inReach Two Way Satellite Communicator for Smartphones available for $174.95 after a $75 mail-in rebate, which is $25 less than we’ve ever seen. Here are the links:
Be sure to read the rebate coupons for all the details, but here’s the basics:
Limited-time offer effective 10/24/12 through 12/31/12. Requests must be postmarked by 1/31/13. Purchase an inReach for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android devices or inReach for Earthmate PN-60w. The inReach must be activated by 12/31/12 to receive the rebate.
Also note that since this is a full retail purchase, REI members should get an extra 10% back in their annual dividend.
Here are a couple of snippets from our review of the inReach, which was written before it also became compatible with the iPhone:
The DeLorme inReach for Android pairs with compatible phones to offer two-way texting without cell service, as well as two-way SOS, tracking and positing to Facebook and Twitter. The device can also be used in standalone mode. A model that pairs with the DeLorme PN-60w is also offered.
DeLorme inReach service plans
Since this device uses commercial satellite services, a subscription plan is required. There is a one-time $11.95 subscription activation plan; here are the US subscription options:
Monthly Billing Plans Safety Recreation Expedition SOS Yes Yes Yes Text Messages 10 40 120 Tracking Points Not Included Unlimited Unlimited Monthly Fee $9.95 $24.95 $49.95 Overages Text Messages $1.50 $0.50 $0.25 Tracking Points (each) $0.25 N/A N/A