Zoleo has a three month initial subscription before you can cancel or suspend.

Suspending costs $4 per month but you have access to all of your data and no fee to reactivate. Canceling is free but costs $20 to reactivate. If you cancel, you can’t keep your SMS number. 

I looked at the ACR too to avoid the subscription but ended up with a sat cam device so I could check in with my wife (or give her a heads up when I’ll be at a trail head). 

If I recall correctly - and no guarantee that I do - the battery replacement on the ACR was about $150 and must be sent in for them to do it. 

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” (John Muir)

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