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Pros Easy and affordable two-way messaging, great smartphone app, feature loaded, proven global networkCompact and lightweight ergonomic design, rental optionReasonable initial purchase price, no paid subscription, uses proven global network, compactCOSPAS/SARSAT’s reliability and long track record, no annual fees, simple operationLight and compact device, customizable communication network
Cons Expensive initial purchase, largest and heaviest messengerNo two-way communication, no smartphone interface, Globalstar is arguably less effective than Iridium or COSPAS/SARSATNo non-emergency messagingLarger and heavier than closest competitorVery limited coverage range, very, very limited ability to secure emergency assistance
Bottom Line The foremost satellite messenger available, fully featured and arguably more reliable even than commonly available satellite phones.The lowest up-front cost satellite messenger with a handy rental option.Compact, affordable “help me” button in your pocket.An excellent emergency-only (with one debatable caveat) personal beacon.For certain users, like hunters and festival goers, this could be very useful. The rest of us won’t leverage all the advantages until there is greater participation.
Ratings by Category inReach Explorer+ SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger rescueME PLB1 ACR ResQlink 406 Mesh
SOS Emergency Messaging - 30%
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Non Emergency Messaging - 30%
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Signal Coverage - 20%
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Ease Of Use - 10%
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Portability - 10%
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Specs inReach Explorer+ SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger rescueME PLB1 ACR ResQlink 406 Mesh
2-way messaging Yes No No No Yes
Battery Life (hours) 100 hours (lithium polymer battery) 150 hrs (lithium batteries) 24 hrs 30 hrs 24 + hrs
Weight w/ batts oz 7.5 oz 4.0 oz 4.0 oz 5.4 oz 1.6 oz
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