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Spot Connect

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So neither your pocketbook nor your pocket is big enough to accommodate a sat phone, but that doesn’t mean that when you go off the grid you have to go completely dark. Thanks to the SPOT Connect, you can pair your smartphone via Bluetooth and connect to satellites to send a 41 character custom message via email or text or a 120 character predefined message. And if you just want to use it for fun, you can also track the progress of your travels on Google Maps or the SPOT Adventures page.

Most importantly, you can transmit your GPS coordinates to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) and to Facebook and Twitter — though perhaps you should rely more on IERCC than ol’ B-school frat buddy, Bubba, to save your bacon when the going gets rough.

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