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. read more
Hands on with the best satellite communicator yet
The DeLorme inReach SE two-way satellite communicator updates the first-generation inReach with a screen, virtual keyboard and the ability to fully utilize its communication capabilities without a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. read more
DeLorme has quietly acknowledged the forthcoming inReach SE two-way satellite communicator. The big improvement over the previous inReach is that you don’t have to pair it with a smartphone to send and receive text messages. Also of note, the virtual keyboard uses predictive text. And while the unit is a bit taller than the original, thankfully it’s slimmed down quite a bit in the other two dimensions. read more
DeLorme recently posted a request for beta “testers for an upcoming product,” in their community forum, which got me wondering what they were up to. The post is gone now, but still available in Google’s cache (see image below): read more
UPDATE 4: The new inReach for smartphones is now available at Amazon.
UPDATE 3: The DeLorme inReach 2-Way Satellite Communicator for Apple iOS and Android is now shipping from REI.com.
UPDATE 2: I’ve added DeLorme’s news release to the end of this post.
UPDATE: I should have noted that this new version of the inReach will work with either iOS or Android devices.
This one is for you iPhone-toting, off-trail wilderness freaks. Been feeling left out when it comes to two-way satellite communicators? Dying to tweet or post to Facebook from the middle of nowhere? Well for better or worse, now you can, for it looks like word has travelled from Cupertino to Yarmouth, and DeLorme can finally sell their inReach for iOS devices. read more
This one is for you iPhone toting backcountry types. It looks like the DeLorme inReach two-way satellite communicator is finally going to see an iPhone version. Or to be more precise, there’s actually a new model, the DeLorme inReach 1.5 that will be compatible with both iOS and Android.
Hands on review of the DeLorme inReach
UPDATE: The newest version of the inReach now supports both Android and iOS.
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.
The DeLorme inReach is now shipping. For those of you who don’t recall, this is one of the first consumer satellite communicators with two-way messaging capabilities, so search and rescue can tell you that they’re on their way to bail your ass out. It requires another device to pair with (to compose messages), which is why it comes in two flavors – one that pairs with Android smartphones and another for the DeLorme PN-60w. Here’s where you can pick this bad boy up:
Holy fragmentation Batman! DeLorme issued a news release yesterday about its upcoming inReach product and, buried in the last paragraph, was this bombshell:
There are separate models for Android and DeLorme users.
Now that isn’t a big deal for users (unless you happen to be a DeLorme toting Android owner), but it’s bound to be a headache for DeLorme. Apparently this is due to the PN-60w using a wireless protocol other than Bluetooth, but really, couldn’t they have included two wireless technologies in one unit?