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Old 12-30-2010, 10:15 AM   #46
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One thing to consider is that you need cell phone service to send a email/text. I know a lot of my riding has no or very poor cell service. That is what makes SPOT good.
I realize this, and understand the value of the Spot.

I'm usually either in cell range or close. Some rides I don't know the direction I'm heading, just take off. This would be a easy quick way to let those at home know which direction I went.
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:23 AM   #47
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I realize this, and understand the value of the Spot.

I'm usually either in cell range or close. Some rides I don't know the direction I'm heading, just take off. This would be a easy quick way to let those at home know which direction I went.
Join google maps latitude. It's pretty cool. Amy and I chase eachother around with it. Anyone in your latitude group can see where you are and what direction your going in real time. Yes you can turn it off for secret long lunch rides.
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:27 AM   #48
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Join google maps latitude. It's pretty cool. Amy and I chase eachother around with it. Anyone in your latitude group can see where you are and what direction your going in real time. Yes you can turn it off for secret long lunch rides.
That may do it. Although I'd like some type of txting option, since the wife has "dumb" phone. I really doubt she cares where I am in real time anyway, but I'd like to think she would wonder where I was if was running late.

I'll look into this. Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:26 AM   #49
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Ok. I think the Google Latitude will do it. I set it up on the phone and the PC. Accuracy appears very close, however, on the map it appears that I am sitting slightly to the East. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but slightly east of my office is a tavern....

Anyway, thanks for the tip Paul. Looks like this will be the hot ticket, now once the weather breaks, just gotta find time to ride to .....somewhere.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:02 PM   #50
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Ok. I think the Google Latitude will do it. I set it up on the phone and the PC. Accuracy appears very close, however, on the map it appears that I am sitting slightly to the East. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but slightly east of my office is a tavern....

Anyway, thanks for the tip Paul. Looks like this will be the hot ticket, now once the weather breaks, just gotta find time to ride to .....somewhere.
Whatever. We know you lunch with the bandanas biker crowd.

Once you start moving it is able to track your position better. And outside is better too. I've been under the steel roof at work and it showed I was in Avoca. Step outside and it's fixed.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:15 AM   #51
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I use MotionX-GPS on my iPhone. It's a full-featured GPS app, and can also send your current position every 5 min/15 min/30 min/1 hr via facebook, twitter or email.

I have 5 min updates sent to a gmail account setup just for this. I don't know where I'm going before I head out, and often change my mind when I do have a plan.

At least this way, family/friends will have some idea what direction I was heading when I last had coverage. It tends to drop in and out in most of the areas I ride.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:14 AM   #52
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Ok. I think the Google Latitude will do it. I set it up on the phone and the PC. Accuracy appears very close, however, on the map it appears that I am sitting slightly to the East. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but slightly east of my office is a tavern....

Anyway, thanks for the tip Paul. Looks like this will be the hot ticket, now once the weather breaks, just gotta find time to ride to .....somewhere.

I gave it a try the other day and it was locking up my Blackberry. Might just be the operating system on my phone tho.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:05 PM   #53
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something new

I have no experience but I was wondering when something like this would come out. Looks expensive.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:18 PM   #54
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I have no experience but I was wondering when something like this would come out. Looks expensive.

http://m.gizmodo.com/5724894/spot-co...e-communicator
According to the article it's $170. Not bad. But the money is all in the annual subscription of $100+. On top of your cell phone with data plan.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:47 AM   #55
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anything new and improved in this area?
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #56
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anything new and improved in this area?
A few weeks back Bubbler GPS was released for Android. I haven't looked into it but it is smartphone interface to SpotWalla I believe.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:30 PM   #57
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:09 PM   #58
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And unfortunately for iOS users, Google has retired Google Latitude. Hopefully Bubbler will release an iphone app soon.

At this time, as far as I know, there's no Spotwalla interface for iOS currently.

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Old 07-13-2013, 07:10 PM   #59
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How feasible is it to use a smartphone (e.g. Android, iPhone, Blackberry) as if it were a SPOT Tracker?

Mostly I just want my wife to be able to pull up a web page and see where I'm at, and which way I'm traveling or if stationary. When riding I can't readily send or receive calls at a whim so this would give her a way to have some contact.

The fact that it would only work in areas with cell coverage is acceptable to me.

Do the major smartphones have this capability? Is it built-in or does it cost an extra service fee. (I'm already paying a large monthly fee, seems like this ought to be included.)
Does anybody else realize how pw'd this sounds? Who the hell wants there wife to know where they are at? It's one of the reasons I bought a motorcycle. Just sayin'.....
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:20 PM   #60
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Does anybody else realize how pw'd this sounds? Who the hell wants there wife to know where they are at? It's one of the reasons I bought a motorcycle. Just sayin'.....
I can understand your angst if you're talking about a one or two day ride where you just want some space, and you're still in cellphone range where ever you are riding around.

But for guys like myself who do one, two, three week or longer rides around desolate areas with no cellphone reception for days... A Spot can be an extremely convenient way to keep anyone, including a caring wife... able to know if you're o.k. or not at any time. And you don't even have to have a conversation with her if you are at a point where you're focused on your riding, for whatever reason... crossing rivers, compression braking down rock garden trails.

I could go on and on about it's benefits... with absolutely no PW'd concerns what so ever.

Just an open minded opinion, nothing more...
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