This is a basic communicator for sharing your location, emergency contact and retrieving weather information. You use your smartphone to control and operate the Bivy device and features.
The Bivy can also serve as an external battery pack, by charging other mobile devices.
There's no annual contract needed to use the device. You instead purchase credits each month, which are redeemed for each text message, location share, weather report or hour of tracking. Pricing ranges from $17.99 for 10 credits to $34.99 for 100 credits.
- Main Function: Basic Satellite Communicator
- Satellite Network: Iridium
- Battery: Up to 500 hours at 10-minute tracking or 1-2 complete smartphone charges; and up to 1 year when powered off
- Weight: 7 oz
- Dimensions: 1 5/8" x 5 5/8" x 1 1/8"
- Waterproof: IPX6 (pending)
- GPS Location: Yes
- Price: $349
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