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Old 04-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #3496
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Yea, definitely not going that route... I might as well just start renting bikes for when I want to ride them as well. That would solve that whole "too much money in my bank account" problem I've been having.

I don't think the service is overpriced, but as I will only be needing it a few months out of the year, paying for a year of service is paying for more than what I will actually be using. Such is life though. I'll most likely end up picking one up anyhow.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:43 PM   #3497
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Yea, definitely not going that route... I might as well just start renting bikes for when I want to ride them as well. That would solve that whole "too much money in my bank account" problem I've been having.

I don't think the service is overpriced, but as I will only be needing it a few months out of the year, paying for a year of service is paying for more than what I will actually be using. Such is life though. I'll most likely end up picking one up anyhow.
You might want to look for the I or II if the III's basic plan is $149 per year.

Also, we only ride part of the year, of course, so we keep the Spots in our cars in case of emergencies like snowstorms or other unforeseen situations. If we're paying for the service, we might as well use it.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:44 PM   #3498
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...I don't think the service is overpriced, but as I will only be needing it a few months out of the year, paying for a year of service is paying for more than what I will actually be using. Such is life though. I'll most likely end up picking one up anyhow.
Yeah, I had those same thoughts before I started using a Spot device. Went without tracking for a year or so, then added that and never looked back.

You could always trying canceling your subscription when you know you're not going to need it & then restarting it when you do need it. Customer service is usually pretty helpful and I don't see why they'd mind. In my case I've never wanted to say---nope, won't be needing the Spot for the next 4 months----always holding out hope for that next adventure
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:15 PM   #3499
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I just found out I could add 6 months of tracking to my existing $100 basic service account (Spot 2) for $7.26. That was good news to me so I signed up.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:59 PM   #3500
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The monthly Spot is kind of a joke.
You still have to have a one year contract, but you pay a 14.99 payment each month vs the 149.99 one time payment (Spot3 basic pricing example).
Is it?
I was asking about monthly subscription in another Spot thread. Thought I saw their option (or just the statement) about monthly rate on their website.
I have tried to register, but there was no option of Monthly payment on the registration screen.
I don't plan to need the subscription for all year round, and I am willing to pay for short term subscription.
Let's say if the Yearly charge is $100, then monthly charge is up to $20 still acceptable, to me.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:25 AM   #3501
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Is it?
I was asking about monthly subscription in another Spot thread. Thought I saw their option (or just the statement) about monthly rate on their website.
I have tried to register, but there was no option of Monthly payment on the registration screen.
I don't plan to need the subscription for all year round, and I am willing to pay for short term subscription.
Let's say if the Yearly charge is $100, then monthly charge is up to $20 still acceptable, to me.
I think you misunderstood, in order to use the monthly service you have to sign a 12 month contract, so essentially you must pay for all 12 months. Since it's more expensive by month than the annual plan it's a worse deal.

The thing I'm not sure of is what happens after that 12 months. If you could sign up for the first 12 months, then move to month to month after that it might be worth it, provided you stay active long enough to see the break even point.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:24 AM   #3502
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interactive multi spot user map?

last summer i drove across russia from west to east, during the first bit of my trip my spot worked.
chatting to others (in HUBB threads) who were also travelling, it was extremely difficult to search individual addresses, in the hope of finding someone close by.

would be really amazing (for those who wanted to) if we could individually load our addresses in to real time map, where we could see exactly where each other was....


does something like this actually exist?
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:59 AM   #3503
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Sorry if this has already been covered, but I tried a search and couldn't anything and 230+ pages on this thread was starting to turn me blind

I have the Spot Connect and I'm looking to see if it's possible to power it directly from my bike ?
It seems a massive oversight, if it can't
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:36 AM   #3504
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Sorry if this has already been covered, but I tried a search and couldn't anything and 230+ pages on this thread was starting to turn me blind

I have the Spot Connect and I'm looking to see if it's possible to power it directly from my bike ?
It seems a massive oversight, if it can't
I don't have a Connect (I've got the normal Gen2), and required lithium batteries last for a season, of not longer. Of all the things I've wished I could power with the bikes, it wasn't the spot.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #3505
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I don't have a Connect (I've got the normal Gen2), and required lithium batteries last for a season, of not longer. Of all the things I've wished I could power with the bikes, it wasn't the spot.
They won't last long enough for a single trip for me ( I'll be using the tracking feature and batteries will only last a week or so ). In Europe getting batteries won't be an issue, but I imagine going on longer and 'wilder' trips it could.

If nothing else, it would have been good if the device could have been charged overnight, with a built-in battery, like a phone etc.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:47 AM   #3506
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Spotwalla map to find ADV inmates on the road

YES!
https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=45


Look here for details: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=633556
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last summer i drove across russia from west to east, during the first bit of my trip my spot worked.
chatting to others (in HUBB threads) who were also travelling, it was extremely difficult to search individual addresses, in the hope of finding someone close by.

would be really amazing (for those who wanted to) if we could individually load our addresses in to real time map, where we could see exactly where each other was....


does something like this actually exist?
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #3507
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Spot Activation Half Off Through May 11

Just got an email from Spot. Activation is half off through May 11, 2014.
Didn't search far enough to know if code is for new activation only or code will work with renewal if it fits this time slot. My guess is new activation only.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:19 PM   #3508
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Just got an email from Spot. Activation is half off through May 11, 2014.
Didn't search far enough to know if code is for new activation only or code will work with renewal if it fits this time slot. My guess is new activation only.
New activation only.

Damn. Just started my new activation at full boat about a month ago. Haven't ridden anywhere where I used it either. Oh well.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:26 AM   #3509
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My Spot 2 kept shutting itself off randomly to the point where I thought it had died and was going to need replacement. Tried new batteries, made no difference.

Today I tried a couple of foam earplugs in the battery case to stop the batteries moving around and it's worked properly all day.

Fingers crossed.


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Old 05-30-2014, 04:20 PM   #3510
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Two days, not one shutdown. I think those earplugs fixed my Spot perfectly.


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