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SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger

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  • The SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger offers improved GPS acquisition and a 30% smaller and lighter design to send your location, status, messages and calls for help
  • New features and enhancements include faster and stronger GPS function, GPS acquisition light, sent message light and safety flaps over SOS and Help buttons
  • New design also sports an extra message button, separate tracking button, tracking message queue, replaceable button covers and illuminated buttons
  • An affordable alternative to PLBs, satellite phones and cell-based GPS trackers, SPOT II provides virtually full coverage in North America, Europe and Australia
  • Also covers portions of South America, northern Africa and northeastern Asia, along with thousands of miles of offshore areas
  • "SOS" function dispatches emergency responders to your exact location
  • Use "Help" feature to request assistance from friends or family
  • "Check-in/OK" allows you to transmit your location and that you are okay
  • Track your progress by sending and saving points along your route to Google Maps™
  • GPS satellites determine location; commercial SPOT satellites transmit information
  • Rugged unit works in extreme temperatures (-22° to 140°F) and altitudes (-328 ft. to 21,325 ft.) and can be submerged 1m for up to 30 minutes
  • SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger is light, small and easy to carry
  • Optional features include Track Progress automatic tracking service and guaranteed extraction assistance in countries lacking emergency services
  • 3 AAA lithium batteries (included) provide up to 3 months of standby power, 7 days in Track Progress mode and 6 days in SOS mode, or 700 Check-in/OK messages
  • Requires $99 annual subscription; $12.95 for optional extraction assistance in countries without emergency services (available at


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SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger Specs
Best use
1 meter
3 AAA lithium
3.7 x 2.6 x 1 inches
5.2 ounces
Water-resistant depth

SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger

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Rated 2.7606/5 based on 142 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromUnit Was Dead Out Of The Box [...] Long story short, back in October 2009 I purchased a Spot 2 personal messenger device from REI. Right out of the box it didn't work, I tried to exchange it for another device, but couldn't since Spot had started a recall of the devices. Spot's customer service was not only unhelpful, but were extremely rude every step of the way. I waited until March, five months after my initial purchase, and when a replacement unit was still not available, I returned my dead unit to the Anchorage REI store and purchased an ACR personal locator beacon. At this point it still took over a month and numerous phone calls to spot to convince them to refund my subscription for service I had never received. REI was wonderful through this process, but I can't say the same for Spot and would not recommend their service to anyone.
Date published: 2010-04-19
Rated 1out of5
by fromNot ready for market I purchased a SPOT 1 when they first came out. Unless you are on top of the mountain they can't connect with a satellite. It then quit working as was replaced on warranty. A long wait. So, I bought a SPOT II thinking it would work better than the first generation. No so. Bottom line, we hike and snowshoe in the Sierra Nevada and the Lake District in the U.K. SPOT just doesn't work unless you happen to live in Kansas. The SPOT II has failed and the SPOT folks are difficult to work with. Bad attitudes to be polite. Don't buy SPOT, they just aren't worth it.
Date published: 2010-05-16
Rated 1out of5
by fromBuy a REAL Personal Locator Beacon!!! I would recommend buying a "real" Personal Locator Beacon for $300-400 and here's why.My first gen SPOT unit worked fine and I enjoyed the service - until I dropped it ONCE and it broke.I quickly found out this company has TERRIBLE customer service. So far I've lost [$] on the first unit because it broke and they do not repair or replace or even give you a discount on a new one. (now they offer a replacement insurance for $20 per year but they didn't when I bought my unit in 2008) I've lost $57 on service that they charged me unknowingly for after I called and reported it broken...they threatened me with sending my past due balance to collections, and repeatedly told me this was my fault for not calling to cancel the renewal on my service (which I did not know was happening and thought I signed up for one year of service - I have since found out that they force you to sign up for auto-renewal on your registered credit card in the terms & conditions and the card I had registered was no longer valid). AND, now I've also possibly lost another [$] that I paid for the second gen unit which I may not be able to return since it's been a while since I ordered it. (I REFUSE to use this service any longer)Their representatives are rude, they don't know what customer service means, and they are more interested in taking your money than saving lives.You will save money in the long run on a PLB because SPOT charges you $100 minimum per year to use their service - with forced auto renewal. PLB's cost more up front but are free to use: The SAME authorities and rescue services are notified in an emergency!!! You can also buy rescue insurance from other sources (such as the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search & Rescue card). The only thing you are giving up is the cute little website that shows your location. Well, I will miss that but I'm not willing to pay hundreds of dollars to get it. All I want is to be able to call in the cavalry if I get in trouble. Just a are taking your chances with this service!!!
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 1out of5
by from[...] This product was never dropped, wet, or stressed. It ceased function halfway up a High Peak in the Catskills -- leaving me without an emergency device. Although a long term customer, having owned a Spot 1 before this unit, I was treated like (a) a newbie or (b) an attempted fraud artist by customer service. I even have a prepaid 2 year contract and these folks won't replace my unit -- they may review a warranty claim but in the meantime, I'm hosed.
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 1out of5
by fromGreat concept, hidden fees and policies The device is small and seems well manufactured. The device is easy to use albeit its very limited in function. The shocker comes when one is about to activate it. This is a unique device and hence escapes the radar that regulates fair consumer polices regarding cell phones. The hidden policies of Spot is a bit of a shocker considering they are illegal if it applied to cell phones. For one thing, to activate the unit, one "MUST" agree to auto renewal, which gives Spot the right to charge the credit card about a month before it the subscription expires. Second, Spot has the right to change prices at will and NOT inform the customer about the change in price. Third, if the customer wants to cancel auto renewal, he must also cancel the rest of the year in which he had already paid. Spot claims that the customer can request a refund for the months he did not use. I have a feeling this process is filled with bureaucracy. Fourth, the customer has to request that the auto renewal be canceled 45 days before the end of the subscription period. This is all too complicated and too time conscious for a consumer. The customer should not be forced to give Spot the right to auto renew. If Spot does auto renew and the customer wants to cancel it, he should not have to request a refund for the months he did NOT use.
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 1out of5
by fromPoor Quality[...] GPS function stopped working on the second trip. SPOT warranty would not return my emails even after calling and speaking to them. Had to return back through REI. Kudos to REI - You can always depend on them to warrant the products they sell.
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 1out of5
by fromActivation problems Don't know yet, activation web site has not been working properly
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 1out of5
by fromNot on my Buy again list! Unreliable This device was purchased with the intent to have the ability to call for help far from civilization for a single person out in the wilderness. I attempted to use it while hiking, going through forests, open fields and sides of mountains. It was very unreliable and failed to track the location, even in areas with a clear view to the sky. I stopped using the device altogether because it was just extra weight that didn't work. [...]
Date published: 2010-07-24

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