In reach satellite device

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Hey , Judi and I are about to go bush for a while and need to be in contact with the reel world . Sad isn't it . But that's our reality. Anyway, we have been looking at a " in reach satellite device " Is there anyone who has one and are they effective . Cheers
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Reply By: Rustynails59 - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 20:28

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 20:28
I think it's more a message type service
Have you considered sat phone- pivotal casual plan from $35 per month
I have just taken it up as we are away for 5 months in May
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 00:14

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 00:14
If you need to be in contact, nothing will do it but a satellite phone Dave. Do a forum search for the options. Worth its weight in gold if you have a problem in a remote area.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 00:31

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 00:31
Might be true for voice however this device seems to have two-way texting.

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Reply By: tiffanymatthew - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 13:15

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 13:15
The Inreach device has the advantage of the Iridium network at a cheaper upfront and running cost of buying a full iridium satellite phone. It's disadvantage is lack of voice communications however it does have a SOS button linked direct to the emergency services (via GEOs).

If not having voice isn't a worry than it's a perfect product. Also keep in mind the Inreach has a tracking function which also allows users to have people at home "ping" your location (if you give them acces to the console).
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 17:02

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 17:02
Dave N1,

I have the in reach device and have it set up with my iPhone 4.
In addition to the tracking, you are able to send an SMS to anyone and they are able to reply to you, they can even instigate the SMS message to you if you have earlier communicated to them.

Quite a useful device if you do not need a SatPhone.

You need a supply of batteries (two of them last about 5 days), cheaply picked up on eBay.

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Follow Up By: Dave N1 - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 15:59

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 15:59
Cheers Jim, do they have a charging system so i can charge off my inverter ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 17:02

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 17:02
Dave N1,

The unit is sealed, and will float therefore has no external power attachment.
It has 2 Energiser Ultimate Lithium AA size batteries that last approx 5 days. These are available at Woolworths etc. for approx $18 for a 4 pack but can be obtained on eBay or the like for much cheaper.

I bought mine from Exploroz plus the holder and normally have it inside the left rear side window on my 200 series. It works fine.

The cheapest monthly plan with Pivotel costs $32.95, it includes 25 odd messages and 300 tracking points (I think) per month.

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Follow Up By: Dave N1 - Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 17:17

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 17:17
thanks for the info Jim, cheers
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