I have a basic SPOT
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-25-12 1:00 PM (EST)
Gen 1. It does not have a text feature but over some 300 nights it has sent OK reliably. It can be rented if the use is short term. I subsribe to the most basic service
It is definitely for family ashore. I also have a Mc Murdo Fast Find.. It does not seem difficult to activate. Reviews of activations of course are hard to come by..especially failed activations. I got the PLB as its power is far superior to that of SPOT.
I believe even with your latest SPOT the basic service relies on message you have downloaded into your computer and SPOT account settings. All that "texting" is done in the comfort of your home before your outing.