From my personal use is spot all over the world, there is no hard and fast answer. So many things actually affect coverage but here are some guidelines based on my current use. Hopefully it is helpful.
Service really depends where you are. spot satellites cover most of the more frequently travelled parts of the globe, but you also have to be inside the coverage zone of a spot gateway. If you look at the spot coverage map, you can see the little gateway icons.
Be sure NOT to associate coverage on the spot3 as being the same with the spot sat Phone. It can be confusing, but coverage on the spot global phone is much smaller than the coverage of spot3.
In most cases, in the US, like Florida and Colorado where I spend most of my time with the spot3, coverage is pretty good. But you should also consider
- in dense woods or forest, my spot3 just does not work with the same reliability compared t o being out on the water where there is less blockage to the satellites.
- the coverage in Hawaii and in the deep oceans is nearly non existent, because of the lack of spot gateways in those areas to provide service
- the coverage in Alaska and Canada exists, but performance on the spot3 can be really degraded up north because the satellites are sometimes limited in the coverage - there is no coverage at the polar caps due to the orbit of the spot satellite over the equator. So. In general what I have seen is the closer you get to the polar caps, I.e.the further north you go, the harder it is to see the satellites orbit. I've had some cases in Alaska where mountains for example blocked my coverage entirely and got NO coverage despite the claims of the coverage map. I wish there was a disclaimer about this, I learned the hard way
Date published: 2018-02-15