Product Overview: SPOT Gen3 by SPOT LLC (Satellite Communication)

Very often when you are out in the boonies far from other communication options, your communication needs are actually very simple.

You either want to let your loved ones know “I’m fine, and this is where to find me...” or you want to let everyone know “Send help – here is where I am!”

For these basic needs, a big expensive satellite system is overkill.

The basic SPOT Gen3 and SPOT X satellite communication devices combine a GPS with a one-way satellite transmitter (powered by Globalstar) that works almost everywhere in the world (there are a few gaps in coverage, but not many), and retail for $169.95 and $249.99.

Just press a button to “Check In” or another button to “Send Help.”

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The big downside of SPOT Gen3 is that it is broadcast only – there is no way for you to receive a message.

The SPOT X, however, is a two-way device. SPOT X provides you with your own personal mobile U.S. number so others can message you directly from their cell phone or other SMS devices at any time.

Testing Status: We do not intend to obtain a setup to test.

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Quick Take

Affordable satellite communication. The safety and increased peace of mind can be very worth it for many travelers in particularly remote areas.

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