It's odd that SPOT is raising prices at a time when the inReach competition is getting more intense. Maybe they are barely staying afloat.
Sad thing is, if SPOT prices rise, maybe inReach will also.
I've had a SPOT GPS emergency service for years. Every year they charge my credit card. This year the price went up to $221.30
It started at $164 (and change) years ago and then went to 175. Now they want $221.30!
Enough is enough. Most places we ride the cell phones work anyway.
If you go to their website, you can do everything but cancel service. You have to call. How long should I wait on hold? 1/2 hour? An hour?
Anybody want to buy a SPOT?
I disputed the charge with my CC company and blocked them as a vendor that can charge me.
My renewal was just under $160 last October. I think it started around $100 nine years ago but I've seen it work well twice after a crash to bring first responders just minutes into the golden hour where there was no cell service and probably never will be so I still see value in it. I'll be watching my renewing bill closely. Thanks!
I posted about this in another thread. Spot eliminated their "basic" service and now everyone is on the "enhanced basic" meaning you can set your tracking interval from 5 minutes or higher. That makes the lowest plan now went up $50 per year. However, when I called to get the explanation and nicely said I had to consider whether I can renew, they immediately waived the increase for this year so I'm paying this year what I paid last year.
The delorme unit itself seems more expensive, as is their service, but you can turn it on month to month whereas with Spot it's an annual plan. I can never plan explicitly when I'm going to be out of cell coverage so just having it all the time works for me, and in that scenario Spot is less expensive.
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Last edited by GregC; 9th May 2017 at 13:11.