SPOT Satellite Messenger

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SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger

SPOT is a GPS tracking device that uses the Globalstar satellite network to provide text messaging and GPS tracking (depending on the subscription type purchased).[1][2] It has a coverage area that includes a large portion of the planet, with the exception of extreme northern and southern latitudes and parts of the Pacific Ocean.[3] Depending on the product, SPOT can send and receive communications.

The device is sold by SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar.[4]

With the purchase of a subscription, SPOT allows short (41 character[5]) user-defined text messages which can be sent to a list of telephone and e-mail addresses. This subscription also allows users to push their location to emergency services. Users can share their location and messages based on their account preference, alerting friends and family to their whereabouts.

To-date, SPOT has successfully helped initiate more than 6,000 rescues in 100 countries.[citation needed]

In early 2018, SPOT launched the SPOT X, a 2-way satellite messaging device with GPS location tracking, navigational capabilities, social media linking and direct communication options to emergency services.[citation needed]


  1. ^ McNamara, Chris; Porter, Jedidiah. "SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger Review". OutdoorGearLab. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ Skurka, Andrew (11 November 2018). "The Best Satellite Messenger for Adventurers on a Budget". Outside Online. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ Globalstar Satellite Coverage Area
  4. ^ "SPOT Introduces New SPOT X® Device with Enhanced Features and Performance". Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  5. ^ "SPOT Connect". Retrieved 23 April 2012.

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