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Spot. A little while ago I noticed this new entrant to the GPS world and thought it was a neat idea. For those not familiar with the SPOT:

From findmespot.com

The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when you need it. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where cell phones don’t – all with the push of a button.

With the SPOT Satellite Messenger, you and your loved ones have peace of mind knowing help is always within reach. SPOT is the only device of its kind, using the GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, and then sending its location – with a link to Google Maps™ – and a pre-programmed message via a commercial satellite network. And unlike Personal Locator Beacons, SPOT does more than just call for help. Tracking your progress, checking in with loved ones, and non-emergency assistance are also available, all at the push of a button. And because it uses 100% satellite technology, SPOT works around the world – even where cell phones don’t.

It looks like a fantastic device and certainly something to consider if you are heading into the outdoors. As someone who regularly heads into the wilderness by himself my wife is very keen for me to get one.

Whilst it looks like a great safety device without any specific geocaching function I could think of I felt I couldn’t justify spending NZ$399 on one. Fortunately that’s where DeLorme comes in…

Earthmate PN-60wwith SPOT Satellite Communicator

For the first time ever, DeLorme and SPOT have teamed up to provide a ruggedized handheld GPS with all the famous DeLorme street and topo maps included, plus the ability to type and send one-way text messages via the SPOT satellite system. Use the GPS to see where you are and also to type and send check-in messages beyond cellular coverage, as well as send for help if ever needed.

This product looks great and the unit has most of the features any geocacher would want. In addition it gets a fantastic 4 1/2 stars on the geocaching.com review section so it must be good. I am seriously considering this for my next GPSr purchase. If I can get my hands on one I will post a full review here but would love to hear from anyone who has played with one in the meantime.

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