There’s a little more info trickling out on the SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger, including its ability to send your position at 30 minute intervals for up to 45 days on a single charge. The SPOT Gen3 lists for $169.99 and is expected to be available later this month.
Meanwhile, the DeLorme inReach SE may already be shipping (I expect GPS City will update its availability status later today). UPDATE: The estimated availability date has now slipped to May 25.
Comparing the SPOT Gen3 and DeLorme inReach SE
The inReach SE is a two-way communication device with a virtual keyboard that will appeal to those wanting to exchange messages with loved ones (or search and rescue teams) from the backcountry. Its specs (PDF) show a $299.95 MSRP, 125 hour maximum battery life and 100 hour life when firing off your location every ten minutes.
The SPOT Gen 3 is more likely to appeal to those wanting to track extended backpacking trips, or swayed by its lower initial and ongoing price.
Both units require a subscription service plan. The SPOT basic plan runs $99.99 per year; tracking will cost you an additional $49.99. DeLorme’s plans run $9.95 per month (includes 10 messages) and $.25 per trackpoint or $24.95 per month for a plan with fewer limits.
Do either of these new units interest you? If so, which one?