Garmin (who made our list of top news of 2016 by purchasing Delorme) announced today the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+, the first Garmin devices with inReach satellite communication technology. This allows you to send and receive text messages with any cell phone number, email address or another inReach device in areas that don't have cell service.
Both of these units have...
- Pole to Pole global Iridium® satellite coverage for two-way messaging and SOS alerting anywhere in the world
- Built-in high-sensitivity GPS for location tracking and basic navigation
- Interactive SOS, which triggers an emergency response from GEOS®, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
- The web-based MapShare portal. With MapShare, the inReach device sends the user’s trip data, such as tracks and waypoint updates at preselected intervals, so friends and family can follow user’s whereabouts, request a location update and exchange messages.
- Sync with the free Earthmate app for even more compatibility and convenience. With the Earthmate® app, users can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery, U.S. NOAA charts and USGS Quad Sheets (with compatible phone)
- Users can also get optional weather updates and premium weather packages directly to the handheld and the Earthmate app
- Free access to a cloud-powered portal so users can plan trips and waypoints, sync and manage their device, store all their tracking data and more
- Up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode and up to 30 days in power saving mode
- IPX7 water rating
The inReach Explorer+ adds...
- Preloaded TOPO maps (Preloaded inReach TOPO maps are not compatible with other Garmin devices; other Garmin maps are not compatible with this device)
- Compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer
Month-to-month plans range from $19.95 to $74.95 per month (Canadian) plus a one-time $30 activation fee. You can suspend the service when it is not in use.
The inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ will be available in the first quarter of 2017. The inReach SE+ will have a suggested retail price of $539.00 Canadian, and the inReach Explorer+ will have a suggested retail price of $599.99 Canadian.