The DeLorme inReach satellite communicator sends and receives messages anywhere in the world. You can trigger an SOS in case of an emergency and communicate back and forth with a 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. It weighs 195 g and has 100 hours of battery life.
I haven’t used the tracking function and I don’t intend to. I send location updates daily with a small preset message when using the DeLorme inReach on hikes. I also have the option to type free-form text messages too if I want to. Using my (Garmin) DeLorme inReach SE satellite communicator I communicated twice a day back home to my family and sharing on social media while hiking Kungsleden in August 2018. I regretted not installing the Garmin iPhone App “Earthmate”. This App syncs the inReach to my iPhone. I wanted to send a couple of text messages home instead of the pre-typed free messages typed in on the website. But every time I only got a couple of words typed before I gave up and deleted the draft. Since returning home I have now installed the App and tested it and it is just like sending text messages like I do every day.
I have a Freedom Safety Plan that I can activate for one month at a time and I can suspend it until I need it again. Suspended devices are not charged for the months that they are paused. However there is an annual fee of DKK 249.00. So if I activate the inReach for one month in the year total cost is DKK 249.00 + DKK 159.00 = DKK 408.00
Freedom Safety Plan:
One month commitment on any plan upgrade before a downgrade can occur. Current monthly plan selection will automatically renew for the next month unless the customer schedules a change before the plan renewal date. No fees to upgrade or downgrade plans. Suspended devices are charged $0 USD/month. A DKK 249.00 annual fee is charged on the anniversary of initial activation into Freedom plans.
Freedom Safety Plan Details: (DKK 159.00/month)
10 text messages/month
Unlimited Preset messages (predefined messages set up on the website)
Tracking points: DKK 0.99 for each point
Overages are DKK 4.99 for each text message over the 10 messages allowed in the monthly plan period.
Text messages include free-form sent messages and received messages.
Tracking points refer to the individual “breadcrumbs” sent by the inReach at user-selected intervals ranging from 10 minutes to 4 hours.
Garmin® has purchased DeLorme® and you can now purchase the inReach in a Garmin model. You can’t buy my model anymore as far as I know. Garmin® have recently released a new model only half the size too. It is lighter but the battery life is not as good.
Garmin® MapShare is a web page that enables you to see my location on a map. You can follow my travels in real-time and view my messages.
I’m sharing my location at the Garmin® MapShare website here.