$250 for the unit, communications plans from $9.95
The DeLorme inReach continues our effort to keep people connected when they travel outside of cell phone range. With the inReach, you can send AND RECEIVE text messages with true pole-to-pole global coverage. The inReach can be used by itself, with the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS, or with smartphones running the Android OS!
The DeLorme inReach will require a subscription to access the tracking, messaging, and SOS features. Current plans are to offer three levels: Safety, Recreation, and Pro, with prices starting at $9.95 per month for the safety plan and increasing to offer more in-plan message and tracking units. Plan options will include the ability to move between plan level, if, for example, you find yourself very active in the summer months but only needing safety features during the winter months.
Phi Beta Iota: In an earlier post, we highlighted the conversion device that for $169 (plus satellite access fees if not subsidized) would turn any cell phone into a satellite phone. Liberation technology is advancing. What is not advancing is the Autonomous Internet and free access for the three billion poor, where OpenBTS could be poised for a break-out.
Tip of the Hat to John Robb.