ACR Bivy Stick vs Somewear Global Hotspot

Let’s compare the ACR Bivy Stick vs Somewear Global Hotspot and see if one of them is the better value with more functions.

ACR Bivy Stick

What They Have in Common

  • Both Must be Synced to Your Smartphone to Use Most of their Functions
  • Topo Maps
  • Maps showing roads, trails, rivers, lakes, etc.
  • 2-Way Messaging
  • Global, Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage
  • Tracking
  • Weather Forecasts
  • S.O.S. Emergency Beacon
  • S.O.S. Built-in Button
  • Flexible Data Plans
  • Lightweight and Compact

ACR Bivy Stick vs Somewear Global Hotspot

How are They Different

  • ACR has Built-in “Check-in” Button
  • ACR has Map Waypoints
  • ACR shows Trailhead, jeep trails, mountain biking, etc. Markers

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Dumb Satellite Messengers

Both of these satellite messengers are basically dumb, unless they are synced to your smartphone. The ACR Bivy Stick is slightly smarter as the device has a check-in button, in addition to the SOS button.

ACR Bivy Stick

Topo Maps

Both devices have topo maps, visible on your smartphone, however, the ACR Bivy Stick has a more powerful map, as it shows markers for campgrounds, hiking trails, jeep trails, mountain biking trails, etc. See them side by side below.

ACR vs Somewear Map

The ACR Bivy Stick also has a filter that allows you to limit how many markers show up, depending on what you’re looking for. Another part of the ACR maps is that is shows nearby adventures. See the ACR Bivy home page below.

ACR Bivy Stick App Home Page

2-Way Messaging

Both of these devices work great with 2-way messaging. See an example below of what each one looks like.

Message Comparison

These satellite messengers are simple to figure out and sending and receiving messages is exactly as you would do it on your smartphone.

Global, Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage

Each of these satellite messengers use the Iridium Satellite Network and have global, pole to pole coverage. See the satellite coverage map below.

Iridium Satellite Coverage Map

Weather Forecasts

Both devices offer weather forecasts, however, the ACR Bivy weather forecast is slightly more detailed. See examples of each below.

Weather Comparison

SOS Function

Each of these devices has an SOS function and button, and are equally efficient at requesting help.

Flexible Data Plans

See the ACR data plan below.

ACR Bivystick Data Plan

See the Somewear Global Hotspot data plan below.

Somewear Global Hotspot Data Plan

Final Thoughts

The ACR Bivy Stick and the Somewear Global Hotspot are both exceptional 2-way satellite messengers and are nearly the same size and weight. The Somewear Global Hotspot is wider but not as tall. They both fit easily in or on your backpack and have great global satellite coverage.

The ACR Bivy Stick has a built-in “check-in” button and has more to offer on the map, plus the weather forecast is more detailed. It is more expensive then the Somewear Global Hotspot, but worth the extra money, in my opinion.

You can read more about each of these satellite messengers by clicking on the links below.

ACR Bivy Stick

Somewear Global Hotspot

Check out this in-depth comparison video below on YouTube.

ACR Bivy Stick Satellite Communicator - Global Two-Way SMS Text Messaging, GPS Tracking, Maps & Navigation, Emergency SOS, Weather Reports, & Location Sharing - Android & iOS Compatible App
  • 🌐 GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR & SATELLITE PHONE ALTERNATIVE: 100% global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way SMS text messaging, GPS tracking, maps & navigation, emergency SOS, weather reports, and location sharing. Compatible with iOS & Android apps. Subscription required. Monthly: (Basic $19.99 | Plus $34.99 | Unlimited $59.99). Annual: (Basic $14.99 | Plus $29.99 | Unlimited $54.99). One time 3-month commitment per device, then month-to-month. Plans available globally.
  • 📡 TRI-NETWORK COVERAGE & APP-TO-APP MESSAGING: Benefit from least-cost routing with priority given to Wi-Fi, followed by cellular, and then satellite. Effortlessly connect with others using app-to-app messaging, your dedicated phone number, or email. Choose ACR Bivy Stick, the leading alternative to satellite phones for unrestricted two-way communication, and the freedom to initiate and receive messages confidently.
  • 👥 GROUP Messaging & Tracking: Keep your crew connected with GroupTrack, featuring group messaging and location sharing for up to 12 people. Monitor your team off-grid using the Bivy Stick and app or in-network via a web browser. Ideal for search & rescue, guiding services, remote workers, outfitters, adventure racing, overlanding groups, and more.
  • 💬 CHECK-IN WITH EASE & GPS LOCATION SHARING: Effortlessly send unlimited & customizable check-in messages that include your GPS location with this advanced outdoor communication device. Use the dedicated check-in button on the device or through the app to keep your loved ones updated on your whereabouts. A shareable webpage displays a map with your GPS coordinates and a check-in breadcrumb trail, allowing others to follow your journey.
  • 🗺️ OFFLINE MAPS & NAVIGATION: Download detailed maps from around the world to ensure you're never lost, even without cellular service. Easily navigate and track your location off the grid using device-based GPS with this satellite messenger. The Bivy app offers over 50,000 adventures to explore, with 20 different adventure types available. Monitor your pace, mileage, altitude, and more on your journey.

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