After many messages about this from other members, this thread is to notify you of SPOT GPS Technology and my experiences with it from a riders point of view. and encourage all riders to own one, for the reasons below. Now for starters there is two Recent spot devices one called (prices in australian stores.) -Spot Connect connecting via blue tooth device/Smartphone , iPhone/ipad, androids -Spot 2 (replacing old spot) i see these devices as a friend to watch your back if you came off. For those who ride alone this is a real value for money if you ever got worried about riding alone Spots service allows your friends and family know where you are as well as these options -Checking in, Send a pre-defined message allowing your friends and family know that all is OK along with your GPS location. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. -HELP Message , Request help from friends and family every 5 min for 1 hour. Up to 10 contacts via SMS & email -SOS Emergency assistance request sent with your GPS location to GEOS every 5 min until batteries die or until cancelled The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide –for example our 000 to emergency services. Below are two videos advertising each product. SPOT CONNECT SPOT 2 Now lets get one thing straight the spot connect has a pretty awsome feature when you can use your smartphone to send custom messages but when you come off and have to 1 Setup the Spot connect by turning it on 2 Get your smartphone to connect to the spot 3 activating a SOS or HELP function this can be very serious if you have ran off the road on your bike and your in a broken mess. personally this one is good for if your not on the bike, but possibly bush walking etc maybe. I Personally thinks spot 2 is the way to go for riders, as we can have it clipped on our pants, and when and if you ever came off you could hit your General family Help or SOS and without all the messing around you could have a emergency team on there way. At the end of the day i recommend you to own at least one of these. as one day it might save your life. The cost of these devices (one off cost as you should only need to buy it once) SPOT 2 $199 SPOT Connect $249 Services costs include: Standard Service $ 115 USD -SOS -HELP -Check in -Custom message -Shares location with Facebook & Twitter Tracking $49.99 USD per year - Track Progress allows friends and family to follow your progress online in real time or to save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date. SPOT Track Progress automatically sends your GPS location waypoint to a Google Map every 10 minutes. In my opinion this isnt worth it as when you send out a checkin/custom message you can be seen from your last checkpoint. Type & Send $49.99 USD 500 Msgs *** This only is for SPOT CONNECT! Use SPOT Connect or the the PN-60w with SPOT Communicator to send custom email and text messages via satellites to your contacts. Create up to 41 character SOS, Help and Check-in/OK messages. Messages will be sent directly to the contact groups you select via email or SMS. If you encounter problems, you can send a custom SOS message describing your situation, with your GPS position included. Post custom messages on Twitter, Facebook. GEOS Member Rescue Benefit-$19.95 USD per year- I will say first this is a must have if you own this devices. Geos provide the SOS/911 monitoring included in your Basic Service. You can upgrade to the GEOS Member Benefit for reimbursement of up to $100K in Search and Rescue (SAR) expenses - even coordinating a private SAR contractor if needed to get you to safety. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To share my personal experiences I own a Spot 2 Activated services -Basic serivce with check in, Custom message, Help, SOS $115 USD -SOS Geos members benifit For $100k rescue cover.$20USD -$20 worth of text messages with auto buy option if i run out. Below are my Settings, i have also set up tracking which is free which works off a free website SpotWalla which allows me to track each individual trip and post it on my blog as seen below http://www.jakk.id.au/?page_id=60 eachtime i initiated a checkin message it was sent to the mobiles above as well as the email address's with a direct link on google maps to where the spot signal had been sent. Please post your comments and if i haven't mentioned it above i will add it to save having to go over it again. Ebay Prices http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SPOT-Connect-Smartphone-Satellite-Communicator-WORLDWIDE-SHIPPING-WESTLAKE-/280780473103?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415fd2030f --Spot Connect $165AUD Delivered http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SPOT-2-Personal-GPS-Tracker-Satellite-Messenger-Orange-/400260942138?pt=GPS_Devices&hash=item5d3169493a---Spot 2 $165 Regards Jack.