Somewear Global Hotspot

Somewear Global Hotspot

  • Offers global coverageSomewear Global Hotspot
  • Ultralight
  • Compact
  • Text communication
  • Bluetooth
  • Location tracking
  • Weather reports
  • IPX7 – Waterproof
  • Size = 3.6″ x 3.0″ x 0.8″
  • Weight = 4.0 oz.
  • Pro’s
    • Small
    • Affordable subscription options
    • Proven satellite dispatch networks
  • Con’s
    • Only supports SOS on the device itself

Communication is essential for any outdoor pursuit. Somewear enables any smartphone with satellite connectivity giving you the reliable coverage needed to explore with confidence. Leveraging the Iridium satellite network, Somewear offers 100% global coverage in an ultralight, compact form factor that easily fits into your pocket, or on your pack. Out of the box, you get the beautifully designed digital essentials of text communication, location tracking and weather forecasting. With every mobile app update, your Somewear experience will get richer with new features and capabilities.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Battery: 1000+ messages sent/received per charge

Weight: 4 oz

Waterproof: IPX7

Shockproof: MIL-STD-810

Operating temperature: -4°F to 140°F

Wireless: Bluetooth LE

Location: GPS – CEP 50

Connector: Micro USB

Somewear Global Hotspot

4.2

World Wide Coverage

5.0/5

2-Way Messaging

5.0/5

Navigation

3.5/5

Tracking & Sharing

3.8/5

Initial Cost & Subscription Plan

3.8/5

Pros

  • Compact & Lightweight
  • 2-Way Messaging
  • SOS Distress Call
  • Location Tracking
  • Global Coverage

Cons

  • Must be Synced with Smartphone
  • Initial Purchase Price
  • Must Rely on Phone Battery Life
  • or Carry Portable Charger

16 thoughts on “Somewear Global Hotspot”

  1. I’ve been shopping around for a satellite emergency device for about 6 months or so and this is my first time coming across this one.  Does the Somewear Global Hotspot come with a warranty?  

    I’m asking because this is a bit out of my price-range currently and, it seems like you’d have to pay additionally for service to the device.  The specs on this one are pretty sweet though.  I could have used this in quite a few tight spots (to put it mildly) I got myself into while doing more extreme hikes.

    As a fellow hiker, would you have any thriftier suggestions on devices that have at least 911/distress signals without having to have a subscription?

    I currently live in an area that is prone to wildfires and earthquake activity has picked up as well.  My motto is “don’t be scared be prepared” so, I’m exploring all my options right now for beacon devices.  

    Thank you in advance!

    Reply
    • The Somewear Global Hotspot warranty is for nine (9) months. The warranty information can be found at:

      https://www.somewearlabs.com/legal

      You are correct that this needs a data plan. Here are the data plans listed on their website:

      Plan 1: $15/month or 1 month free with annual plan (20 messages or 150 pin drops per month)

      Plan 2: $30/month or 1 month free with annual plan (75 messages or 600 pin drops per month)

      Plan 3: $50/month or 1 month free with annual plan (unlimited messages & pin drops)

      Plan Ultralight: $100/year (10 messages or 75 pin drops per month)

      As you can see there are several plans to choose from to match your financial limitations or your needs.

      I would take a hard look at the Garmin inReach Mini or the SPOT X, considering your situation. There are others that may work well so make sure you check them out at:

      https://hikingemergencybeacon.com/emergency-radio-reviews/

      I hope this helps and has answered your questions.

      Rick

      Reply
  2. Excellent review,really. I’ve not come across such device before. Your article is awesome and informative. The functionalities of this product is superb. The affordability of subscription options is really a plus. A device for adventure and with all the features explained is excellent. I love this technology device and will even try to recommend. Thank you for sharing this informative write-up.

    Reply
    • I’m glad you stopped by and left your thought about the Somewear Global Hotspot. It’s a unique satellite messenger that is small and compact. It really is the right satellite messenger for some people, especially families or groups that want an easy way to stay in contact when they are out of cell coverage.

      I appreciate your comments. Feel free to stop back by and let me know if you end up buying one.

      Rick

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  3. TLDR: I do not recommend Somewear.

    Return Policy: You are unable to return the device after it has been activated and are stuck with it. In this day and age a product without a money back guarantee should have been a red flag. Another red flag: it is only sold directly from the company, not through a major retailer, like REI, which stands behind the products they sell. REI does sell the Garmin InReach/2, the ACR Electronics Bivy Stick, the Zoleo and devices from Spot.

    Experience: Over 1 year of use. Worked as advertised at first. At some point, weather reports stopped loading and map functionally through the phone’s GPS stopped working without updating the phone’s GPS location in another app first. Messages and–presumably–SOS continued to work.

    Customer Service: Terrible. Only via email. Wait time for a response was typically between 5 and 23 (not a typo) days. They do not address your concerns, which is especially frustrating when you’ve waited 23 days for a response to a carefully written email. Even worse, they provided patronizing directions on how to use the basic functions of a cell phone, despite clear and technical descriptions of problems.

    Technical Assistance: Only available relayed through customer service emails. Unable to solve technical problems. Eventually received an email from Alan Besquin, Co-founder & CTO that didn’t acknowledge my technical problems, didn’t offer solutions, didn’t offer a direct means of contact, didn’t offer a refund, didn’t offer to try a new device; only offered to reset the device for transfer to another party.

    Reply
    • Jonathan,

      Thanks for you comments and experience with Somewear. You have made several important points to watch out for when buy a satellite messenger. Personally, I have not had all of the same issues you have had, however I’m not doubting you at all.

      My favorite satellite messengers are the Garmin products with the ACR Bivystick following closely behind them.

      Thanks again for sharing your experience and please leave additional comments about a satellite messenger you like, if you know of a good one.

      Rick

      Reply

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