The SPOT Connect App pairs the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with SPOT Connect, a revolutionary satellite messenger engineered to transmit messages via satellite from virtually anywhere in the world, including remote locations.
The award-winning SPOT Connect device provides connectivity to the Globalstar satellite network for sending location-based messages from areas beyond cellular phone coverage or around town. By simply downloading the SPOT Connect App, SPOT Connect wirelessly synchs via Bluetooth® with Apple® iOS devices. The SPOT satellite message features are initiated directly from the app’s intuitive user interface.
SPOT Connect utilizes proven SPOT technology to notify others of one’s GPS location coordinates and current status. By sending a message to the Globalstar satellite network, the user’s selected contacts will receive a custom Type and Send or Predefined message delivered as an SMS text message or email. SPOT Connect messages contain the user’s latitude and longitude, date, time stamp and a link to maps. Established SPOT message features include Check-in/OK, Help, SPOT Assist, SOS and automated Track Progress.
SPOT Connect messaging feature overview:
•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 contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe. Custom Type & Send messages can be sent with SOS for detailed emergency information.
•Help/SPOT Assist* - Request help from friends and family or professional service providers every 5 min for 1 hour. Custom Type & Send messages can be sent with a Help/Assist message for more detailed personal help.
* SPOT Assist subject to availability.
•Check-in/OK - Send a Predefined Message or custom Type & Send message allowing your friends and family to get a message from you with your GPS location virtually anywhere on the globe. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to a contact group. You can also send your Check-in/OK messages to social sites like Facebook or Twitter.
•Track Progress - This feature allows you to send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress in near real time using maps. With your SPOT account you have the ability to set up a SPOT Shared Page which allows you to show your SPOT GPS locations to others on a map. (Additional service required).
The SPOT Connect App extends the functionality of Apple® devices while making available new features for customers. Custom messages can now be composed and sent on-the-go. Users can store up to 14 Predefined messages and 10 personal contract groups consisting of up to 50 contacts each. Additionally, the SPOT Connect App turns devices like iPod touch or iPad Wi-Fi into a satellite messenger utilizing SPOT Connect’s onboard GPS and satellite transmitter. Users can even send location-based messages to Facebook and Twitter from isolated regions such as mountainous terrain and areas off-shore.
• Uses the GPS satellite system to determine location and the Globalstar satellite network to transmit that information to personal contacts or an international emergency response center
• Send location-based messages via satellite to others delivered as SMS text or email
• Send custom “Type and Send” 41 character text messages from your location
• Update social networks including Facebook and Twitter from remote locations
• Provide GPS functionality to non-GPS devices
• Store up to 10 predefined messages for quick reference and sending
• Store 10 contact groups on device – each group can consist of up to 50 contacts
• On device SOS button for standalone emergency operation
• Bluetooth wireless connection
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
iOS 9 updates.
Ratings and Reviews
Useless as an emergency tool
Been a SPOT user since gen 1 and a SPOT connect since its release. App & unit unusable after iOS 9, if I get it to connect it then goes to "sleep" after a few minutes and will not reconnect the it's Bluetooth connection for days. I've rebooted the phone, changed expensive lithium batteries in the unit and tried every tip hey give but the device just cannot be counted upon to work in an emergency any more. SPOT discontinued the item but still gladly takes my money for a messaging account. I'm going to look into Delorme's offering :/
Cannot Connect since IOS 9
It's always been tricky to make connect now fails completely. Also firmware update for device is not working.
This App Desperately Needs Help
As mentioned in the numerous previous reviews, once you pair the device with your iPhone, it is still a chore to have the app recognize the device. It usually takes having to delete the device from the Bluetooth list, and re-pair it…. every single time you open the app to use it ! That makes it almost worthless if you are on the move or in a rugged environment where you can't spend that much time to make it work. In that scenario, the only useful feature is the SOS button on the device. Hopefully you will never need it, but if you do, you will be paying for the rest of your life for their private owned GEOS search and rescue. It is NOT the same as the GOES public search and rescue used with the 406 type PLB and EPIRB devices. At this time, I will give this app one star because of its absurdly dysfunctional connectivity issues. And judging by the previous reviews asserting the same issues, it looks like they are in no hurry to fix it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.