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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Spot GPS Messenger $34.99 @ Bestbuy

For those of you interested in s Spot GPS tracking system, (http://findmespot.com/en/index.php) I just picked up one at Bestbuy for $34.99 (regularly $149.99). They were on the floor for $55 but it rang up at the register for $34.99. It also comes with an accessory kit.

The item is not for sale at this price on-line, nor will they ship it to your store. I'd call your local store first before you go. If they dont have it, they can search the area for the nearest store that has then in inventory. The SKU number for the item is 9511012.

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Interesting... Did you have to get it activated for that price ?
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I did not have to activate it, but I'm going to.

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I did not have to activate it, but I'm going to.

But what does it cost to activate?
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I assume that is the original tracker and not the smaller tracker 2...right?

My tracker 2 goes with me on the bike everywhere. After my "off" last year the wife gave it to me for Christmas. Peace of mind for her. Cell coverage out in this part of the US stinks so it is a handy thing.

I also like to go solo hiking and it is cheaper than a PLB for safety. Not quite as "sure" as a PLB but affordable.

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So I went up to Best Buy and it was NOT available for $34.99 – It was $18.99! And that included the “Bonus $50 Value Adventure Kit”!

I don’t know what to make of this. Best Buy shows the same unit at their website “$149.99 Now on Sale for $99.99” and I checked the Spot website and it certainly appears to be their current unit (2nd generation & smaller than the original). The only difference I can see is that the Best Buy units are black & grey and the ones at the Spot site are black & orange, so perhaps it’s a closeout of a discontinued color... or maybe an irate ex Best Buy employee hacked their system.

I bought 2 (one for a buddy). Best Buy has a 30 day return policy so I figure that if it turns out that there’s some sort of a deal-breaker issue I’ll just take them back... but as it stands now, this sure looks like a SUPER deal!

Oh yeah – It also includes a 15% discount code/coupon for the service subscription – and yes, Batteries are included

Thanks for the heads up Vrroom!

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I'm guessing the low price doesn't include the basic service which is $100/yr. and to track progress is another $50/yr.
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Not available in my local store of course...nearest is an hour and half away....oh well the gas and time blows the savings
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I'm guessing the low price doesn't include the basic service which is $100/yr. and to track progress is another $50/yr.
You’re correct, the $19.95 unit does not include the yearly service subscription fee... but I don’t believe the normally priced ($150’ish) unit does either.
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I anyone is willing to pick me up one of these at the reduced price I'd gladly pay a bit extra to make it worth your while as well as cover the shipping.
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Not available in my local store of course...nearest is an hour and half away....oh well the gas and time blows the savings
Sounds like an excuse to take the bike for a ride to me.
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Got mine last night

Tacoma Best Buy was sold out. I got the last one at Federal Way (Washington State) for $26 including tax. Tukwilla store shows 6 left in stock. These are the current model in grey, with the Adventure Pack.

Not a bad price.
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Sounds like an excuse to take the bike for a ride to me.
Normally I would agree with you but its all super slab to get there....in a really congested area...not my idea of a fun ride. Plus it shows out of stock now anyway....oh well Need is also relative lol

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Pardon my question, but what do you use these GPS trackers for? I figure they record where you've been - anything else?

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You can examine the way the manufacturers describe them by going here

http://www.findmespot.com/en/#

in a nutshell
Satellite based emergency locator "beacon"
real time web based tracking of unit by others
simple communications

Especially good for someone who may ride the back country by themselves.

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I wonder if its possible to make your gps and maps continue to work on an iphone once you've left cell service? That would REALLY make me jump and get this.
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If you're a casual rider who like me never really leaves civilization then a SPOT tracker probably isn't worth the yearly service charge for you. Most smart phones can track your progress, and even update your location for friends and family for free.
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Thanx for the info, I didn't know upstream satellite communication was a consumer product yet. That's not for me, as I'm not sure how many 1000's of miles I'd have to ride from germany to find an area without cellphone coverage, but with satellite coverage.

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I wonder if its possible to make your gps and maps continue to work on an iphone once you've left cell service? That would REALLY make me jump and get this.
There are apps for that which include offline maps, but they cost money. Navigon, Copilot. Nokia has offline navigation with free offline worldwide maps with most Smartphones.

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... what do you use these GPS trackers for? ...
So my friends will know where to find my body
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The problem I have found with using my Android phone for Navigation is it sucks the battery down super fast....even with the power cord plugged in the phone gets really hot. I'll use it in a pinch but I prefer a device like this at will work in the background. For me it would be a safety device so my family can keep an eye on me when traveling. I don't think the smartphones will work for tracking if they have no cell signal and that's common around here.

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