Be sure to check if it's the 1st or 2nd gen version. The 2nd gen version apparently has some sort of power drain 'issues' that have caused a voluntary recall:JamesLyding wrote:Got one of these for Christmas. Not sure how I feel about it, but I'll give it a whirl
The website sux, to be sure. However, I've had excellent luck with the SPOT staffers I've spoken with on the phone. I lost my old unit in a near-vertical-hell-hole of flesh-ripping plants last year and they hooked me up with a new one for half cost.Thoreau wrote:I wouldn't be at all surprised, although I suspect the root cause lies with the SPOT folks. Aside from not being too impressed with their billing system (there was NO way for me to enter in an activation code I had in order to extend my service after the paid portion ran out, and there's no way to tell the system you only want to renew with basic service if you had previously been subscribed to the full monty.)
The other thing is a website I was reading yesterday that has done some more in-depth reviews of the new device. (http://www.equipped.org/) Sounds, to me, like SPOT was trying to BS the reviewer into thinking a pre-production unit was the real deal.
And for added bonus, until about a week ago, I had only HEARD of the recall. Information about it was either nonexistent, or totally buried in the SPOT website. Now that it is, it reads to me like they don't even HAVE any units that are 'fixed' and ready to ship yet, or they don't even know what the resolution is going to be.
Sadly, due to the billing issues, and realizing that I had only ever used SPOT for the live tracking feature (and have no need/desire to use it going forward) I'll be hunting around for something a bit more long-term affordable. I really only need the 'oh $hit' functionality anymore, and $100/year isn't BAD, but PLBs are starting to look a little sexier for my needs. I was also rather peeved that they didn't offer ANY kind of deal for customers with the original SPOT to be able to upgrade to the new one (before I knew about the issues with the new one.) Oddly enough, I remember the email coming out announcing the new one and it even mentioned 'something special' for existing customers was supposed to show up in November. Never heard/saw anything after that email though. =(
Inquiring minds want to know....Jeff MacE wrote: I lost my old unit in a near-vertical-hell-hole of flesh-ripping plants last year and they hooked me up with a new one for half cost.
It's amazing how quickly we forget those lessons and find our way out bushwhacking once again!nonot wrote:Inquiring minds want to know....Jeff MacE wrote: I lost my old unit in a near-vertical-hell-hole of flesh-ripping plants last year and they hooked me up with a new one for half cost.
Aside, when a description like this makes you want to go more, rather than less, is that a sign you have a off-trail hiking problem?
Nope. I'm not aware of any PLB's that can either. The closest you could get with the SPOT is to enable the realtime tracking and have someone watching you remotely. Or just send messages out at specified intervals and tell someone that if they stop, to call for help. Only problem there is you are taking the chance that messages just don't make it for various reasons, or that the SPOT fails, and then someone is gonna be sending help out since there's no way to verify the situation (2 way.)imike wrote:Can Spots auto signal out if no input has happened for a set number of hours?
My iPod iTouch has that too. It's called "Shuffle."joe bartels wrote:wow, even an iPhone has an app for when it's been dropped