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seabrookedan 11-28-2012 05:36 AM

smart phone apps/ plb/ ipirb
 
Ive been reading about the new smart phone "spot messenger sattelite comunicator" and stumblef upon a review by a hunting guide stating its unesessary since thete is a 10 app called gpskit. Cdnt find app in playstore. There are many others though. Obviosly phn bat life is a struggle with these smart phones but dothey maintain a reliable signal anywhere and everywhere? Are these apps a viable alternative to a ipirb/ plb? i have a samsung sll and am signed up with tmobile and everywhere i go- sig sucks!!! Pos co!!!!!! Anyways im going to sail from s. Cal to maui in the next 5 months on a limited budget and am looking for alternatives to an exspensive ipirb. Any experience or knowledge wld be greatly appreciated! Thx

jsaronson 11-28-2012 01:02 PM

Re: smart phone apps/ plb/ ipirb
 
Spot uses a satellite connection. Your iPhone is worthless out of cell range. Check out a PLB or rent an EPIRB from BoatUS

seabrookedan 11-29-2012 01:12 AM

fart smone worthless?
 
Spot makes an attachement that claims to turn any smart phn into a sattelite communicator.does anyone hv knowlegde of this?


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