Is There A SPOT In Your Future For A Personal GPS Tracking Device?

Hiking in Sunnmøre, Part 3: Skårasalen
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Are you an outdoor adventurer that loves to talk about where your travels are taking you, just as much as you enjoy exploring new frontiers? Maybe you’re just a concerned individual that takes comfort into knowing the whereabouts of your loved ones and that they’re safe. In either case, a SPOT just might be a little piece of technology that can help you stay in touch with others.

What is a SPOT and how does it work?

SPOT is a feature packed personal GPS tracking device that’s small enough to fit into your pocket. While cell phones are often plagued with poor coverage in remote areas, SPOT communicates over satellite, keeping you connected with friends and family from virtually anywhere in the world.

Several models of SPOT such as the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, SPOT Personal Tracker, SPOT HUG, Intrinsically Safe SPOT, and the Delorme PN-60W Communicator, are available to choose from and include many features ranging from:

  • SOS – For life threatening or other critical emergencies
  • Help – For non-life threatening emergencies
  • Check-in/OK – Let your friends and family know that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location
  • Custom Message – Let your friends and family receive a custom message along with your GPS location
  • Track Progress – Send and save your location, letting contacts track your progress in near real time using Google Maps
  • Facebook – Share your GPS location and message on Facebook
  • Twitter – Share your GPS location and message on Twitter
  • And more…

What value does a SPOT have for me?

Whether you’re into hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, sailing, or virtually any other outdoor activity, SPOT places a personal GPS tracking device right in your pocket. Use SPOT to relay GPS coordinates to 911 services in the event of an emergency, send custom messages back to friends and family, or track your route on Google Maps for others to follow in near real time. SPOT can also be used as a personal safety device for children so that parents can feel more assured that their kids are safe and remain located where they are supposed to be.

For a small price along with an annual service fee, why not slip a SPOT into your pocket and keep friends an family informed about your location through email and SMS, map your adventure on Google Maps in near real time, or post your GPS coordinates to your Facebook and Twitter accounts for others to follow.

Are you interested in getting a SPOT? If so, how would you use a SPOT?

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