Zoleo Review

In this Zoleo review, I will introduce you to one of the most recent additions to the satellite messenger market. This messenger is a simple and affordable emergency satellite messenger that will help you stay connected anywhere in the world.

Note: Zoleo has minimal functions unless it is synced with your smartphone.

What Zoleo Offers

Zoleo’s primary focus in on dependable, world-wide messaging.

  • 2-Way Satellite Messenger
  • S.O.S.
  • Download Offline Maps to Use on the Trail
  • Shared Location (add on – $6.00 per month)
  • No Contract or Annual Fees (it has a $20 activation fee)
  • Month to Month Subscription (cannot suspend your subscription within the first three months)
  • Suspend Your Plan for $4.00 per Month (SOS will not work when suspended)
  • One of the Smallest Satellite Messengers on the market
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Zoleo Mobile App

Let’s take a closer look at the Zoleo satellite messenger

2-Way Satellite Messaging

We’re all familiar with traveling around the country and especially when you hit the mountains and all of a sudden you lose cell service. Well, not anymore. The Zoleo satellite messenger will keep you connected anywhere in the world, as long as you have a clear view of the sky.

Send your message from anywhere in the world. It’s really easy to create a message using the Zoleo App. You just select “Messages”, tap the “Create a Message” and select who you want to send it to. The app syncs all your contacts from your phone to make life much easier.

When typing your message, you can also choose to share your location with that text and your GPS coordinates will become part of the text with a URL that will let the recipient see your exact location on a Zoleo app. You and the message recipient will be able to see the message and track on a map, as long as you have the add-on for location sharing, which will cost $6.00 per month.

Zoleo Messaging

The Zoleo satellite messenger comes with a unique Zoleo cell phone number and email to make sending and receiving messages easier.

Share Location

You can share your location with messages so your family and friends can see where you are at on detailed topo maps. You can track your path so you and everyone else can see your location. You can also download worldwide TOPO maps for offline use.

Location Sharing with Zoleo App

To track your location, you can select Share to let your family and friends see your location. You can select different tracking intervals but make sure you test it out as this setting will change how long your battery will last.

No Contract or Annual Fees

There are no annual contracts or large activation fees. Activate it for the specific trips you take and only for as long as you will need it. See the monthly payment plans below.

Zoleo Subscription Plans


Zoleo uses the Iridium Global Satellite Network which give you access to over 60 satellites. Iridium gives you voice and data connection over the entire globe, pole to pole. It creates a dynamic network that routes traffic among satellites. This ensures global coverage and communication.

Iridium Global Satellite Coverage

Peace of mind for you and your family and friends. You can send an SOS message to get in contact with local emergency services. You can message the SAR teams and receive messages from them so you can know their status and you can also inform them of landmarks in your area or the exact nature of your injuries.

  • $20 activation fee but no annual fees | Global satellite coverage (Iridium)
  • Send and receive messages via satellite | Weather forecasts via satellite
  • SOS monitoring and Location tracking and sharing via satellite
  • Map display when Sharing Location
  • Offline maps
  • One-touch Check-in

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2-year Warranty

Weather Forecasts

Zoleo gives you access to local weather forecasts so you can be more prepared on your outdoor adventure. Go to the Zoleo App and choose “Weather” on the menu at the bottom.

Weather on the Zoleo app

Zoleo App

The Zoleo’s primary focus is on world-wide messaging but it can also provide you with weather, a SOS emergency button and also allows you to share your location with friends and family.

Zoleo App

Final Thoughts

The Zoleo satellite messenger is a small but powerful 2-way communicator, no matter where you are in the world. Not only can it message 2-way, you can request weather forecasts, share your location with friends and family and use the SOS function in case of a life-threaten emergency

The Zoleo communicator can be used as a standalone device with limited abilities, but is more valuable when synced with your smartphone. This device is not near the standalone device as the Garmin inReach Explorer is or the SPOT X.

This may be the perfect satellite messenger for you but make sure you finish your research here at HikingEmergencyBeacon.com to ensure you’re getting the right messenger for your lifestyle.

Please Email Me with your questions or thoughts on the Zoleo satellite messenger Review or Leave a Comment Below.

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

ZOLEO Satellite Communicator – Two-Way Global SMS Text Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Check-in & GPS Location – Android iOS Smartphone Accessory
  • 🌎ZOLEO GLOBAL TWO-WAY SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR: Rugged, GPS location-aware and Iridium satellite based, the ZOLEO device links with the free ZOLEO app on your smartphone or tablet to keep you connected when outside cell coverage. Monthly subscription required: $20, $35 or $50 (25, 250 or unlimited satellite messages) with cellular, Wi-Fi and SOS messaging included. After the initial 3-month commitment, suspend for just $4/mo. Plans currently available in USA, Canada, Australia, but work globally.
  • ✉️GLOBAL MESSAGING AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE: Only ZOLEO extends your messaging coverage to everywhere on earth transmitting over the lowest cost network available (satellite, cellular or Wi-Fi). ZOLEO offers a familiar text messaging experience to and from any SMS text number, email address or another ZOLEO app user. By taking advantage of cellular or Wi-Fi when available and the Iridium network (a truly global satellite network) when it isn’t, only ZOLEO offers seamless coverage wherever you go!
  • 📲DEDICATED SMS PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS: Your ZOLEO device includes a dedicated US SMS text number and email address that you can share with contacts that you want to remain accessible to, and that they’ll recognize when you message them. Contacts can send messages directly to your SMS number, email address or via the free ZOLEO app. It’s that simple!
  • 🆘EMERGENCY SOS & MORE: If something goes wrong, declaring an SOS ensures your SOS alert and GPS coordinates are sent to GEOS, our 24/7 emergency monitoring and dispatch partner. Other safety features include check-in to let others know you’re OK (using built-in device button or the ZOLEO app) and the ability to add your GPS coordinates to any message. Location Share+ (add-on at $6/mo) allows for automatic location sharing at a selected interval including a breadcrumb trail viewable in a map.
  • 💪RUGGED AND BUILT TO WORK FOR DAYS: Long-lasting battery life – 200+ hours or 8+ days checking messages every 12 minutes (Lithium-ion battery). Lightweight (5.3 oz) and compact (3.58 x 2.6 x 1.06 in), the ZOLEO device is rugged with MIL-STD 810G shock-resistance, and superior dust- and water- resistance (IP68). Power input – Micro-USB Type B with a charging time of 2 hours. Operating temperature – -4°F to 131°F.

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  • $20 activation fee but no annual fees
  • Send and receive messages and request Weather forecasts via satellite
  • SOS monitoring
  • Location tracking and sharing
  • Offline maps

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

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Zoleo Satellite Messenger


World Wide Coverage


2-Way Messaging




Tracking & Sharing


Initial Cost & Subscription Plan



  • Global Iridium Satellite Network
  • Compact & Lightweight
  • SOS Distress Call
  • 2-Way Messaging


  • Best if Synced with Smartphone
  • Offline Maps Only

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