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dfmcintyre posted 05-28-2012 09:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for dfmcintyre   Send Email to dfmcintyre  
A monthly magazine I receive had this advertisement [for a two-way satellite handheld communication device called the Delorme InReach]. [Give your] thoughts.


jimh posted 05-28-2012 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It looks expensive. It requires a subscription. Does it operate after being immersed in water?
jimh posted 05-28-2012 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Delorme InReach device uses the Iridium satellite network for some of its features.

The InReach requires a subscription to be useful. The subscription cost varies from $10-per-month to $50-per-month according to the features enabled. See inReach_subscriptions.pdf

for details of the subscription plans. There is a one-year minimum commitment required and a $12 activation fee. Users can upgrade to a higher plan at no cost, but downgrading incurs an additional $25 change fee. Services used beyond the subscription allowance are billed at additional and higher rates.

The device cost is modest, only $250. A basic one-year plan will be $120. The acquisition cost and first year of use will total $382, assuming the limitations on service in the plan are not exceeded.

K Albus posted 05-29-2012 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
According to DeLorme's website, the InReach is waterproof and buoyant. See:

The InReach is interesting in that it can send and receive text messages by satellite. The Spot Connect, which is cheaper than the InReach, can only send text messages.

I am intrigued by these devices, but every time I give them serious thought I come to the realization that there aren't that many people out there who are so interested in my vacation that they must know where I am at any given moment.

As far as using one in place of a PLB, the cost of the InReach or the Spot Connect, plus the necessary subscriptions, would very quickly surpass the price of a PLB.

jimh posted 05-29-2012 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The significant advantage of a two-way emergency communication device is the notion that if you set off a distress alert you could receive an acknowledgement message in reply.

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