SPOT X Review

2-Way Messaging with a Built-In Keyboard and Unique U.S. Cell Phone Number. There’s no other Emergency Satellite Messenger that can offer that.

Here Are the Features that SPOT X Offers

  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Unique U.S. Cell Phone Number
  • 2-Way Messaging
  • Post to Social Media
  • Nearly Global Satellite Coverage
  • SOS Distress Call
  • Flexible Tracking Intervals
  • Built-In Compass
  • Flexible Service Plans

Let’s Break Each One of These Down

Built-In Keyboard

The built-in keyboard is reminiscent of the Blackberry devices but don’t overlook this unique feature. If you are ever in an emergency situation, being able to create unique messages in a hurry may be the number one priority on your list at that moment.

Built-In Keyboard Image

Most of us don’t want to put ourselves in an emergency scenario to see how we would react in a given situation but we should at least do our best to think through different emergencies and see if we can plan ahead, which might give us a definite advantage when faced with a life-threatening emergency.

Put yourself in a situation now with me and let’s think through this. You get caught by a freak snow storm in the middle of the mountains. You wake up to a very quiet morning and you fell like something is different. After opening the zipper to your tent, you discover that 2 feet of snow was quietly dumped over the entire area overnight. Worse still, you were not prepared for this, not in clothing, food, additional water and you didn’t think you would need those additional waterproof matches.

The trail has been obliterated and there are snow drifts blocking your way. You decide to wait it out but in the middle of the second day, you realize its time to use the emergency SOS distress call and also let your family and friends know you are in trouble. By this time you are cold and wet, due to no fire and you already tried to find the trail several times. Your entire body is freezing cold, and your hands are frozen and numb.

SPOT X Review - Snow Storm

Now think about this situation and answer the question for yourself.

Would it be easier to type out a message for help with a built-in keyboard or by having to arrow around a screen and selecting the right letter to type out your message?

Personally, I would want the built-in keyboard in this scenario.

Unique U.S. Cell Phone Number

The SPOT X has its own Unique U.S. Cell Phone number so that you can message anyone around the world, directly, at any time, and they in turn can message you (which may be a great thing or not so great when your favorite person is asking you if you paid the bills or took care of the “to do” list you were promising to do before you left on your outdoor excursion).

2-Way Messaging

SPOT X provides 2-way satellite messaging when you are off the grid and beyond reliable cellular coverage. Connect your SPOT X to your smartphone and now you have the reliable messaging you were hoping for.

SPOT X 2-Way Messaging

Exchange messages with any phone number or email address from virtually anywhere in the world. SPOT My Account comes loaded with 14 predefined messages that you have the ability to customize and sync to your SPOT X service.

Post to Social Media

I’m not sure everyone has social media accounts but you can’t deny that there are millions of people that want to post their adventure to Social Media.

SPOT X and Social Media

Quickly let everyone know how you’re doing and where you are on your journey. You can share with the world in the great things but then you never know if you had a life-threatening emergency and a social media follower may live nearby and be able to help out in some way. Probably not, but it’s nice to think it could happen.

Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger
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Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger
  • Message- exchange messages with any cell phone number or email address from virtually anywhere in the world
  • S. O. S. - send an S. O. S. To the 24/7 search & rescue center, message back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way
  • Tracking- Select from 21/2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minute tracking intervals, and let family, friends and other Adventurers follow your progress with SPOT easy-to-use google maps interface
  • Check in - quickly and easily let everyone know you're ok
  • Post to social- Link your social accounts to keep your friends and family in the know wherever you go
  • Service agreement required.

Nearly Global Satellite Coverage

Here is where you need to be careful and check the satellite coverage. Unlike the Garmin inReach Mini and the Garmin inReach Explorer+, you don’t have global coverage. See the SPOT coverage map below.

SPOT Satellite Coverage Map

So, if you’re planning on traveling to Greenland, the middle of Africa, northern Russia, central Asia, India, the Indian Ocean or the southern Pacific Ocean you may want to take another Emergency Satellite Messenger.

SOS Distress Call

The 2-way messaging is awesome but the SOS Distress Call function, at your fingertips, takes the top spot for me. Not only can you send out an SOS distress call, you can communicate easily with the search and rescue teams that are trying to locate you. They will be able to handle your situation better and more quickly if they know your exact location and the health condition you are in or are struggling with.

Your SOS call will be sent 24/7 to the search and rescue center. They will message you back and forth about the nature of your emergency and to give you an ETA when the search teams should arrive.

Now that would help me relax a little, knowing they are looking for me, they know almost exactly where I am and they know what to expect when they find me. That’s worth a million dollars…or more.

Flexible Tracking Intervals

The SPOT X has several tracking intervals to choose from which can improve how people follow you or can extend your battery life with longer tracking intervals. Select from 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minute tracking intervals.

Friends, family and other adventurers will be able to follow your progress with SPOT’s easy to use Google map interface.

SPOT app and 10-minute Tracking Interval

This image was taken from a recent hike of mine using the SPOT Gen 3 Emergency Satellite Messenger and it was set at the 10-minute tracking interval. The image is from the SPOTs website.

Built-In Compass

A built-in compass and programmable waypoints will help you navigate along your route. You never know what things you will like or what will be important to you on a trip so experiment and see which one of these services you like the best.

Flexible Service Plans

Here are the annual service plans provided by SPOT, paid monthly.

SPOT X Service Plans

Here are the flexible monthly service plans.

SPOT X Flex Service Plans

My Final Thoughts

The SPOT X is the only Emergency Satellite Messenger that has the built-in keyboard and unique U.S. Cell Phone number. Only you can decide how much or a priority this is to you.

The only way I will know for sure is when I purchase the SPOT X for myself and try it out. I can see where the built-in keyboard could be invaluable.

So, if you are traveling in or typically travel to a country that has the satellite coverage area, than this may be the right Emergency Satellite Messenger for you.

Please Email Me with your questions or thoughts on the SPOT X Review or Leave a Comment Below.

You can also explore more Satellite Messengers models HERE or Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) HERE.

Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger
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Spot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger
  • Message- exchange messages with any cell phone number or email address from virtually anywhere in the world
  • S. O. S. - send an S. O. S. To the 24/7 search & rescue center, message back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way
  • Tracking- Select from 21/2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minute tracking intervals, and let family, friends and other Adventurers follow your progress with SPOT easy-to-use google maps interface
  • Check in - quickly and easily let everyone know you're ok
  • Post to social- Link your social accounts to keep your friends and family in the know wherever you go
  • Service agreement required.

If you would like to see all the Satellite Messengers in another review, see my Emergency Radio Reviews.

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SPOT X Satellite Messenger

4.2

World Wide Coverage

3.5/5

2-Way Messaging

5.0/5

Navigation

3.5/5

Tracking & Sharing

5.0/5

Initial Cost & Subscription Plan

4.0/5

Pros

  • 2-Way Messaging
  • Built-In Keypad
  • Unique U.S. Cell Phone Number
  • Post to Social Media
  • Built-In Compass

Cons

  • Size & Weight
  • No Smartphone Interface

8 thoughts on “SPOT X Review”

  1. Wow, i must confess i am really impressed with some of these quality i have seen in this device. You hardly see a device with a 2 ways messaging quality, also the fact fact that it has its own number is another thing I haven’t seen in some other if these hiking device. I know of just the guy who would need this device. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you Dane for your comments. These Emergency Satellite Messengers truly can be a life-saver and give you peace of mind that communication is possible when cell service is non-existent or spotty. Let me know if your friend gets one and likes it.

      Rick

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  2. This spot X actually surpasses all my considearions for a beacon. I’ve never seen a beacon capable of being a satellite messenger that could also work this much effectively. This is truly awesome and would be a great purchase for me. Thanks so much for sharing this review on it. It surely boast of some great features I must say. Very great beacon this is.

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    • You are absolutely right. I think more people need to become aware of products like this and actually how affordable they are. Having the SOS distress call feature and also being able to text most anywhere in the world, even when you’re outside of cell service is a tremendous benefit.

      Rick

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  3. Thanks for this informative post, I have used it to keep in contact with family and friends in places where there was no cellular coverage which is much of what I experience most times when i go hiking with friends. It’s great that you get an actual phone number so people can text , I’m extremely pleased with this product. Thanks for sharing. 

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    • Thank you for your response. I guess I often think about the SPOT X for hiking or other outdoor adventures but having it around when your cell service is spotty or non-existent would be a huge plus.

      Rick

      Reply
  4. Hello there, thanks for this useful information. My husband goes on hiking with his boys and sometimes stay away for a week. I have dealt with it over time but recently I’m beginning to get worried when we don’t get to speak for more than a day. I love the qualitu of this SPOT X device and its 2way messaging ability especially. I’ll love to get one for him to help us communication when he is out. Hope I can get it on Amazon.?

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