Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-06-2013, 12:05   #1
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Anyone want a SPOT Connect? Pay postage and it's your's. I am totally fed-up with fighting the software, customer service, and coverage... IT IS ALL JUNK! My subscription runs until November, but my third call to CS today was to cancel the subscription.

OK Rant is over.... In fairness when it works, it works well, but it has been a constant struggle. Every time I go to log in, it says my account is locked, and I need to call customer service (2x today alone). The contacts will not sync, the GPS goes from 3D to "NO" without moving the device. The bluetooth connection to my iPhone is clunky. If so much as a sail or leaf blocks the sky, it doesn't work at all.

So the question bears: what next? DeLorme? Sat-Phone? or just go old school and let everyone who cares if I'm OK wait on the EPIRB? I honestly would rather go without than have something that is unreliable!
__________________

__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:09   #2
Long Range Cruiser
 
MarkJ's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Australian living on "Sea Life" currently in England.
Boat: Beneteau 393 "Sea Life"
Posts: 12,828
Images: 25
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Skymate
__________________

__________________
Notes on a Circumnavigation.
OurLifeAtSea.com

Somalia Pirates and our Convoy
MarkJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:45   #3
SVI
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Med
Boat: FP Salina 48 / owner / evolution
Posts: 204
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkJ View Post
Skymate
$$$Expensive$$$... $1600 for the hardware, and then $70 monthly for 50kb, and $2 for +1kb...

Get a BGAN, $7 per mb. Hunt for equipment on Ebay, $500-700.
__________________
SVI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:46   #4
Registered User
 
mikepmtl's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Boat: Beneteau Oceanis 393
Posts: 171
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

You mounting an EPIRB on the Beamer George?
__________________
Cruising southern Florida and the Bahamas
S/V Bonaroo
2005 Beneteau Oceanis 393 Clipper
mikepmtl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:50   #5
Nearly an old salt
 
goboatingnow's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 13,649
Images: 3
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

I dont think its SPOT, but the Gobalstar network. Iridium is a far technically superior system, so go Delorme.

Dave
__________________
Check out my new blog on smart boat technology, networking and gadgets for the connected sailor! - http://smartboats.tumblr.com
goboatingnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:54   #6
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikepmtl View Post
You mounting an EPIRB on the Beamer George?
No, but that was the impetus. I wanted it for the motorcycle trip to Canada, but just like every other time I wanted to use it, I had to fight with it... I'm over it!
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:57   #7
Nearly an old salt
 
goboatingnow's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 13,649
Images: 3
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

SPOT was dreamed up by Globalstar becuase their network degraded to the point of not rally working for voice anymore, SPOT virtually saved the company. But a lot of people agree with your view.

IN my opinion as Globalstar rebuild the network, SPOT will be less strategic and less value to the owner.

DAve
__________________
Check out my new blog on smart boat technology, networking and gadgets for the connected sailor! - http://smartboats.tumblr.com
goboatingnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 12:59   #8
Registered User
 
mikepmtl's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Boat: Beneteau Oceanis 393
Posts: 171
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

I was thinking just use the iPhone alone, but data would kill you up here. but lots of tracking apps while you are in the US.
__________________
Cruising southern Florida and the Bahamas
S/V Bonaroo
2005 Beneteau Oceanis 393 Clipper
mikepmtl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 13:14   #9
Registered User
 
nwdiver's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC
Boat: C&C Landfall 38
Posts: 357
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

InReach............... it's much better
__________________
nwdiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 13:15   #10
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikepmtl View Post
I was thinking just use the iPhone alone, but data would kill you up here. but lots of tracking apps while you are in the US.
You want to get me a SIMM card..... Oh wait... never mind!

Checked stock on the Delorme... can't get one before leaving. I guess its cellular and hotspots only.
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 13:28   #11
Armchair Bucketeer
 
David_Old_Jersey's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,013
Images: 4
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

I thought you guys in the USA were all subscribers to PRISM anyway, so not as if you really are out of contact
David_Old_Jersey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 13:35   #12
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

You can hook up an Iridium satellite phone to Twitter. Underway I make ~1 post a day with my position and some notes, and people can reply which comes in as an sms (for free).

Works fine for me.
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 14:39   #13
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 4,211
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Eric, what plan do you use? Their website is confusing at best
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 14:54   #14
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Quote:
Originally Posted by capngeo View Post
Eric, what plan do you use? Their website is confusing at best
Iridium Service Plans and Airtime | SatellitePhoneStore.com

I have the "outer boundaries" plan. Again I'm only doing it because I still have a job and need to be connected. An outbound SMS is half a minute of air time, so 40 minutes is 80 text messages (or 30sms + 25 minutes). It's not bad.
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2013, 15:07   #15
Moderator
 
Adelie's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: La Ciudad de la Misión Didacus de Alcalá en Alta California, Virreinato de Nueva España
Boat: Cal 20
Posts: 4,591
Re: Screw You SPOT! You're FIRED!

Quote:
Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey View Post
I thought you guys in the USA were all subscribers to PRISM anyway, so not as if you really are out of contact
Yeah and you too, Snowden dint mention yall since yer ferners.
__________________

__________________
A house is but a boat so poorly built and so firmly run aground no one would think to try and refloat it.
SailboatData
Adelie is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 23:02.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.