Spot Satellite Messenger

SPOT uses Globalstar's communications and GPS satellite networks to communicate independently of cell coverage worldwide.

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The new SPOT Satellite Messenger from Globalstar's subsidiary, SPOT Inc., gives wide-ranging anglers a variety of options for keeping in touch, whether sending text or e-mail messages to friends, family or emergency responders. The rugged floating unit is waterproof and shockproof and built to withstand a variety of hostile environmental conditions. SPOT uses Globalstar's communications and GPS satellite networks to communicate independently of cell coverage worldwide. Modes include Alert 9-1-1, which contacts  emergency responders giving your exact location;  Ask for Help, which contacts family and friends; and Check In, which lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay. Track Progress mode sends pre-programmed messages, including your location and a link to Google Maps, allowing recipients to track your location. The unit weighs just over 7 ounces and is powered by two AA batteries, with a standby life of 12 months. $150; www.findmespot.com