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 at this stage. Maybe I will set it up to track in the future. 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. So if I activate the inReach for one month in the year total cost is the annual fee DKK 304.99 + one month commitment DKK 129.99 = DKK 434.98 (UPDATED JAN 2022).
Freedom Safety Plan:
Enrolment in Freedom plans is subject to a DKK 304.99 annual fee. A Freedom plan’s minimum term is 30 days. New 30-day minimum applies to changed Freedom plans. No charge applies to changing a Freedom plan. Service can be suspended 1 month at a time at no charge. User retains access to inReach data stored on the Garmin Explore™ portal while account is suspended. Selected plan auto-renews monthly unless user changes account selections in the Garmin Explore portal.
- one month commitment DKK 129.99
- Unlimited SOS
- 10 text messages/month
- Unlimited Preset messages (predefined messages set up on the website)
- Tracking points: DKK 0.90 for each point
- Overages are DKK 4.50 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
- annual fee DKK 304.99
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.
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