Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger – Released in Australia

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 19:02
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Looks interesting ..

Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger

Key features:

SOS Emergency features 24/7
GPS Tracking 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes waypoints plotted via Google Maps
Bluetooth connection with Spot X App allowing you to Spots Satelilte network to message people via your phone
Check in - Push a button to send a preset message to your family/friends to let them know you're ok
Post to social (share your adventures with friends on Facbeook or Twitter)
Compass - built-in compass and programmable waypoints to help you navigate.
Full Illuminated QWERTY Keyboard
IP67 (Submersible up to 1m for 30 minutes)
Up to 240 hours (10 days) of battery life in 10 Minute Tracking mode

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Reply By: Gbc.. - Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 07:23

Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 07:23
Their coverage map looks to have increased dramatically. This should be great news for northern Australian users of earlier version as well.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 09:20

Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 09:20
I cancelled mine after finding it became too expensive...

Cheers, Baz -The Landy
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 19:00

Friday, Nov 01, 2019 at 19:00
You tell them you don't want tracking or you can't afford more than you started on and they accede.
This is re Spot Messenger.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 at 06:34

Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 at 06:34
If the Spot X uses the Globalstar satellite like the Messenger does, you need to be aware that the service is subject to gaps.

From the Pivotel website:



"The time the network is not available is experienced by the user as short gaps in service availability. During these service gaps an active call will drop and you will be unable to make or receive a call.These gaps are generally a few minutes in length - they may be longer the further north you are. Availability may be improved with the installation of a Globalstar car kit. "
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 at 09:18

Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 at 09:18
Unless I am mistaken, that is the coverage for Globalstar's duplex services, ie voice calls. Again, unless I am mistaken, the Spot messaging service is simplex. Globalstar's simplex coverage is much more extensive.

From Spot X coverage

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 at 11:56

Sunday, Nov 03, 2019 at 11:56
I send a nightly OK msg with Spot when I'm out bush. A one in ten failure is about right for the southern part of the country.
Sometimes it can be put down to a block of the northern sky.
The take-out if it's critical is wait and preferably move for a repeat.
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