SPOT Connect Brings Satellite Comms to Mobile Phones

Although mobile phone coverage hits about 99 per cent of the population, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy says that satellite phone coverage covers 100 per cent of the population AND of the Australian landmass. Pivotel has launched SPOT Connect — bringing satellite comms to smartphones.

SPOT Connect can be used with iOS devices, including 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch devices, iPhone 3G and above and Android 2.x or better smartphones. The SPOT Connect device connects to the handset via Bluetooth and allows email, texts and updates to Facebook and Twitter. There's also integration with Google Maps so you can let folks know where you are...

The SOS feature can send your GPS coordinates and a message if you get lost and require rescue.

The SPOT Connect costs $279 plus the subscription service to access the satellite tracking and messaging services.

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Comments

    I love the sales pitch of “99% of the population is has mobile coverage” – but that doesn’t take into account that 40% of our nation is uninhabitable, with plenty of room left in the statistics non-populated rural areas.

    Either way, this product is a pretty sweet idea for those who want availability when travelling in rural and low/non reception areas – though I can imagine having your phone constantly synced via Bluetooth is going to be a bitch on your battery; especially on an Android device.

    One question though, why is the device limited to Android and iOS devices, if it connects to the handset via Bluetooth? Bluetooth is an open standard, shouldn’t this thing be able to sync up with anything that meets the correct Bluetooth specification?

    @“99% of the population is has mobile coverage”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh your serious, let me laugh even harder HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    This isn't a true "mobile broadband" device.

    Everything is sent using the SPOT application to the spot database, then uploaded using their servers. So if they don't have that service, it won't work. The software only has a limited number of characters, so you won't be able to send lengthy messages. You also won't be able to receive.

    There are only two buttons on the device on/off and sos. Meaning if you're in the bush for more than a day, you can kiss many of the features goodbye when your iphone's battery dies. The original product couldn't send gimmicky facebook status', but you can tell people you're okay.

    There are many shock stories about the incompetence of the SPOT team and the reliability of the product.

    Buy a proper EPIRB.

    I think my SPOT 1 is great. I would have been stuck in quite a predicament a few times had I only had an epirb. The fact that I can send a "help" which just goes to family and friends is so much better than having to let the problem develop into something major before using an epirb. The product has its place. The outdoors is all about compromise. This new product also has its place for those going on day or overnight walks where mobile coverage might be problematic. The downside of this product is that there are so many areas where the comms can break down... 2 sets of batteries, bluetooth, sat coverage etc etc.

    It is good to see that the device can still send an sos without the mobile phone.

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