We’ve known about this one for awhile, but now it’s official — the SPOT Gen3 satellite messenger has been announced. The new device offers expanded tracking options, longer battery life and a motion sensor. The minimum service plan price has increased to $149.99 per year, but it now includes a basic tracking plan (every 10 seconds for 24 hours). Unlimited and extreme tracking plans are available for an extra fee.
While you can’t type a message on the fly like you can with the new DeLorme inReach SE, there are several message types available — an OK message, a custom message you set up ahead of time, and a help message to let friends and family know you’re in need of assistance. And if worse comes to worse, you can always hit the
panic SOS button and call out search and rescue.
The SPOT Gen3 should be starting to ship any day now.