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Old 28 Aug 2012
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Delorme 2 way Satellite Messager

First hands on: InReach satellite Messager


The InReach Satellite Messager has arrived, and it was time to try. As European buyers it was not so easy to buy the Messager, i had to import them from the US.

This Device allows to send / receive Emails, SMS over a satellite Network. So it dont need cell phone coverage. And it allows livetracking over a web portal. And you be able to send a SOS Message directly to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center, and to communicate with them.

The satellite Messager

The Earthmate app for iPhone / Android

Quickly he was unpacked and installed the associated app from the AppStore. After the Messager was "paired" with the iphone (bluetooth), it first had to do a firmware update, and Delorme to create an account - and select the appropriate subscription.

The various subscriptions

Then you can connect with the Messager also, as desired and send messages, blog posts by email, or direct emails. . Answers can only be done within the website of Delorme

The link will be added to the Email, News, or SMS.

This looks like a very satisfactory solution - the use compared to "spot" the much better Iridium Satallitennetzwerk. Together with the subscription, but it is also the more expensive solution. For testing purposes, the live tracking enabled, and you can check my current location:


You be able now, to download topo and road maps for Offline usage into the Earthmate APP. That was a very interesting part.

You can read more about in my Blog.

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Unfortunately i have to do an Update of this review.

- Lifetracking is fine
- Two way Messaging is fine

To download Maps - we have to discuss.

The earthmap App allows to download maps - and what kind of maps - differs for the continents.

Therefore we will cross africa - we hoped to get there too a additional mapssource.

After 3-4 GB of Downloads, there are still no detailed informations about Kongo at sample.

The details are so less, that i would say: completely rubish

But for other locations, at sample the us, there should be much maps and terrain maps for downloading (not testet).
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Please keep us posted. I'm looking into getting one.
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The Device did a good job during our transafrica.

We use it mainly for live tracking, as trackrecorder and to sent short messages over the satelite Network each night.

Never had problems. It eats batterys, but we use reusable one. In the meantime you can order too a 12v plug for the car.

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