SPOT Connect Turns Your Android Phone Into a Satellite Communicator

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Planning on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer, but want to stay connected to your friends and family? You might want to invest in the SPOT Connect, a device that when paired with your smartphone, connects to a global satellite network.

I saw a demo of the SPOT Connect device and Android app at CES Unveiled and was impressed with how clean the user interface was. The app had a little trouble getting started (it is still in preproduction), but once it was up-and-running, everything ran smoothly.

With SPOT Connect, you can send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet, according to the company. Before you go on your adventure, you'll have to download the SPOT Connect app, available for Android phones running version 2.0 and higher. You can send SMS messages, short e-mails, Facebook status updates and Tweets.

In case of emergency, you can also send SOS messages requesting emergency assistance. The SOS function notifies the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center of your location every five minutes. If you know an adventurer or going on a dangerous trek yourself, the SPOT might be a vital gadget.

The SPOT Connect has an MSRP of $170 and additional charges will apply for the texting and social network updates.

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