Spot 3 - arriving soon?

Submitted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 07:47
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Seems there is a spot gen 3 coming soon to replace the spot 2 gps messenger.
Any one have any ideas when it might arrive in Australia?

Some sites in the US are taking pre-orders.

http://www.rei.com/product/860469/spot-gen3-satellite-gps-messenger

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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:43

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:43
John,
I have asked Adele to investigate with the Australian supplier and will advise once we know.

One of the nice changes is tracking on movement and variable tracking recording intervals down to 2.5 mins (the subscription cost more for the faster rates though). But the movement activated part is cool if the batteries are not seriously impacted when in this mode.

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Follow Up By: oldplodder - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 14:51

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 14:51
Thanks David,

Yes, figures I am hearing is tracking set to 30 or 60 mins gives 40 days plus battery life.

Also, has usb port, so if vehicle mounted and running off usb, it bypasses the batteries , giving more battery life.

As you mention, the motion sensor also extends battery life.
(Could be negative for some, if tracking in one spot for a while, is a hiker in trouble?)

And, that is not all!!! Think the spot 3 may be OK with rechargeable batteries?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 21:16

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 21:16
Is there any news on the availability of the Spot Gen3 in Aus?
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Follow Up By: oldplodder - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 08:37

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 08:37
David,

Did you get an answer from your supplier?
I am doing a trip in August and would to buy a spot 3.
Rather buy through an aussie supplier than US. :o)

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Adele - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:00

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:00
Hi John,

Unfortunately, the supplier has informed me that there is currently no release date for the SPOT 3 in Australia.

As soon as we have a release date and pricing from the distributor I will ensure we make the SPOT 3 available for pre-order on the site and publicise via the newsletter.

I also wanted to quickly let you know some information that I received from the distributor last year when asking about devices from the US, as it could be problematic to purchase overseas:

"Any SPOT product purchased via EBay or any overseas supplier has no Australian Warranty or support. It also has no C Tick approval number so it is technically illegal to bring into, and use in Australia as all communications devices must have this."
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Reply By: DBN05 (tas) - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 18:28

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 18:28
Hi oldplodder

Bugger just when I went out today and bought a H.u.d. it now looks like I will ( have to have ) the new spot as 2.5 tracking is far better than my spot 2. Well as they say he who dies with the most toys wins,
Will be keeping eye out for it.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Adele - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:02

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:02
Hi DBN05,

The SPOT 3 could still be a couple of months away, please see my response to John above.
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