DeLorme announced the inReach Explorer today, the World’s First Satellite Communicator with Built-In Navigation. Available in May, the inReach Explorer offers messaging, tracking and SOS capabilities (such as remote tracking and allowing users to communicate via text back and forth with responders at the international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring centre), as well as a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.
"inReach Explorer is the first personal satellite communicator to bring together the power of navigation with truly global SOS alerting, GPS tracking and two-way text messaging in one rugged, waterproof device," said Michael Heffron, CEO of DeLorme. "For people whose recreational activities or work takes them to remote locations without reliable cellular coverage, inReach Explorer is a single, lightweight device that can help them navigate, communicate and seek help in the event of an emergency."
Once you download the Earthmate App, to your iOS and Android device, you can then wireless pair your mobile deceive to the inReach Explorer to access map data, send text messages and unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts (which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app, even when beyond cellular coverage).
Suggested retail price for inReach Explorer is $379 U.S. DeLorme also recently announced the launch of Freedom subscription plans for all inReach products, allowing users to pay for satellite service only when they need it, on a monthly basis (Plans start at $14.95 per month for the safety service and go up to $99.95 per month for the highest service level).