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Old 01-08-2018, 06:23 PM   #1
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Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

SPOT is going up (again) on their annual subscription. It's now basically $200 + $15 'connection fee'. I really only need it 2 or 3, maybe 4, times a year.

The device has worked very well for the time I've had it but I don't want to keep throwing good money after bad if there's a better solution with more reasonable annual subscription. I feel I've got my money's worth out of my initial purchase.

I'm been reading about the Garmin InReach+ unit. Very nice but not inexpensive to buy and I can't find it's annual cost. I do like the two way texting which the SPOT lacks.

What else should I be looking at? Or do they all have basically the same annual costs?
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

I've paid the same annual amount for my Spot for 6 years, ~$100. Last 3 years they did a heavy price increase. One call kept me at the old price. I just repeat that call every year. Simple conversation, I tell the rep I'll renew at the old price or cancel at new price.

If you only need service for 3-4 months a year DeLorme will be cheaper for you on their monthly plan. But you will have to purchase a new unit so payback will not be quick.

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Re: Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

They have to pay for those new satellites some how.
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I've paid the same annual amount for my Spot for 6 years, ~$100. Last 3 years they did a heavy price increase. One call kept me at the old price. I just repeat that call every year. Simple conversation, I tell the rep I'll renew at the old price or cancel at new price
This is good to know. If I don't find a compelling reason to upgrade I'll give this a shot. Thx
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Old 01-09-2018, 05:28 AM   #5
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:42 AM   #6
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Re: Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

tricepilot curious what those units cost and how much for annual service?

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Old 01-09-2018, 07:47 AM   #7
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:58 AM   #8
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Re: Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

TP, those are the units I was considering.

Obviously tracking and SOS are my highest priorities but the 2-way texting is the biggest feature I'd want over the Spot Device. The navigation screen is way too small for my older eyes and I'd continue to rely on my Garmin 590LM for that functionality.

So considering that, would it be wise to buy an older/used/refurbished Delorme unit and turn on/off activation just for trips? Are these even available or is there a downside to this that I'm missing?
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:07 AM   #9
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Without going back and reading the paperwork, I believe a month is the smallest amount of time you can buy. I decided to bite the bullet and just do the year subscription since I ride every month. My girlfriend appreciates that she can keep track of me and alleviate some of her worries. If I were younger that might not be a selling point, but at my age I don't go anywhere that I don't want her to know about. It does show your speed at dropped points, that has raised her eyebrow a time or two.

I picked this over the Spot for the two way communication capability....haven't needed it yet. Had it over a year and would buy it again.
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I carry the garmin inreach explorer+. It was pricey upfront (just north of $400), but the two way comms is what I wanted since I am often riding alone in remote areas. There was an initial ~$30 activation and then my monthly charge is ~$30/month. My plan is to de-activate during the months I am not taking trips (usually the summer months). Not sure how that is really going to work out...
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Re: Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

I after wrecking really badly on a solo trip through the NMBDR, my wife really wanted me to get one of these, and I settled on the Garmin inreach. We both really like the two-way texting feature, and it's nice that you can shut down the subscription for the months you are not rioting.
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... or the months you are not RIDING!
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Yeah, I hate being tracked when I'm rioting!
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:50 AM   #14
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Question, looking at the Garmin inReach Freedom subscription plans it reads like you have to elect NOT to subscribe every month you don't want service. In other words, is it saying that if I want service in March and October I have to login every one of the other 10 months and elect not to subscribe for that month?

Anyone with experience know how this works for sure?
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It's the other way around
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Question, looking at the Garmin inReach Freedom subscription plans it reads like you have to elect NOT to subscribe every month you don't want service. In other words, is it saying that if I want service in March and October I have to login every one of the other 10 months and elect not to subscribe for that month?

Anyone with experience know how this works for sure?


Nah, it's not like that. You just login and suspend the account, then reactivate when you need it. However, be aware that the Freedom plan also has a $24.95 annual usage fee, in addition to whatever monthly charges you incur.
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I hope this is everything you ever wanted to know about SPOT vs inReach

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If not, I can't help you
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Re: Need to Consider SPOT Device Alternative Before I Renew

From time to time, I take a trip of several days duration. For those events -- generally only once a year -- I rent a spot from an outfitter in Arizona. From what I've read, the Garmin is much more useful. My wife is already pushing me to plan a trip for this summer -- I'm hopeful I can rent this unit instead of the SPOT.
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I hope this is everything you ever wanted to know about SPOT vs inReach

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Convincing for sure. The 2-way texting could be huge.

Can you comment on my question as to why I'd want the Garmin device over the original, much cheaper, inReach device if I'm not using navigation? I see in your write-up back then that you didn't think the navigation was useful due to other devices you owned.
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is the inReach still available? That's what I have, but I assumed they went away when Garmin bought them.
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