GlobalStar Unveils SPOT Gen3 Consumer Satellite Tracker

GlobalStar Unveils SPOT Gen3 Consumer Satellite Tracker
SPOT LLC, the subsidiary of satellite messaging vendor Globalstar has announced today the upcoming availability of a new consumer satellite tracking device: SPOT Gen3. SPOT Gen3 retails for $149.95 plus a required annual subscription service starting at $149.99.

Compared to previous SPOT devices, this one comes with longer battery life - “approximately twice as long as previous SPOT devices,“ said the company, with new power options including 4 AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries (L92), 4 AAA Energizer NiMH rechargeable batteries (NH12), or Line Power with a 5v USB connection. the battery duration typically depends on the obstruction to GPS signal (dense foliage, for example) and the frequency of tracking. This device typically can operate on a single charge from a few days to more than a week.

The basic $149 annual plan automatically transmits your GPS location every 10 minutes for up to 24 hours. You can track as long as you like, but after 24 hours, you will need to re-set your tracking.

But the new SPOT Gen3 also includes a feature called Unlimited Tracking where users can pre-set the device to send tracks at the speed of their adventures with options to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes for as long as they want. This feature costs an additional $49.99 per year

With Extreme Tracking, on top of the features of Unlimited Tracking, the user can send its tracks at a rate down to every 2 1/2 minutes, it costs an additional $149.98 per year.

SPOT Gen3 will be available in August at retailers U.S.wide such as MEC, Cabela's, London Drugs, West Marine and Bass Pro Shops as well as independent dealers across Canada.

Monday, July 29th 2013

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