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Old 07-06-2011, 04:25 PM   #2701
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I think for every problem here, there are TONS without any problems at all.
I was an early adopter and have never had one glitch with SPOT or SPOT II.
As of December 2010 there were about 470,000 subscribers to Globalstar. SOmeone good with math can figure it out.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:41 PM   #2702
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I just picked up a NIB Spot 1 for $65 shipped on ebay, It is a place in California that sells satellite phones, they had bought a bunch of them, and they just want to clear out their inventory. I talked to the guy on the phone for about 10 minutes, real nice guy. If I ever need a sat phone (which I seriously doubt I will) I am going to him.

I figure if it goes tango uniform I am only out $65 instead of $150, not counting the service.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I am not affiliated with these guys, but thought I would pass on a good deal.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:14 PM   #2703
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I'd tend to agree. I know that there are folks out there with bad units of all types, but my SPOT 2 has been very good and I've only had a few customers complain directly back to me about issues they were having.

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I think for every problem here, there are TONS without any problems at all.
I was an early adopter and have never had one glitch with SPOT or SPOT II.
As of December 2010 there were about 470,000 subscribers to Globalstar. SOmeone good with math can figure it out.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:32 AM   #2704
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+1. used Spot on the CDR, all over NM, Utah and Colorado with no issues other than Spot 1 only likes the specificied Litium Advanced batteries, RAM mounted on the handle bars tracking and OK functions all worked as advertized. I have had a unit fail but it was replaced under warranty but I beat the crap out of the units and I'm surprised at how durable they are for an electronic piece of equipment.

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I think for every problem here, there are TONS without any problems at all.
I was an early adopter and have never had one glitch with SPOT or SPOT II.
As of December 2010 there were about 470,000 subscribers to Globalstar. SOmeone good with math can figure it out.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:29 AM   #2705
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in my opinion, people having good results with spot 1 or 2 is a GIVEN. that is what we're paying for.

those with faulty units are simply voicing out their dissapointment. having 470,000 subscribers means 470,000 customers...not 470,000 satisfied users! how many of them use it frequently and putting the unit to real "work"? good chance their units are just sitting in the closet. go figure that one out.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #2706
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Just ordered an Orange SPOT from ADV Coop cannot wait!
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:52 PM   #2707
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The problem with the "there are thousands of satisfied customers" argument is that it seems that Spot has quite a few unsatisfied users. Some one quoted a number around 470k for the number of Spot customers. I would be surprised if more than 100k were motorcyclists, and of that number more than 10k were AdvRider members. Based on those VERY loose numbers, it seems that the failure rate is very high.

So maybe SPOT is really a POS?
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #2708
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it seems that the failure rate is very high.
My teacher always said "Show me your work"
So, on this thread, what of those 10,000 possible that are ADV riders have had problems (including and/or excluding the recall)? 20? 100? 9,999? (minus me since I haven't)
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:21 AM   #2709
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I've had one returned (DOA) SPOT 2 that was replaced under warranty with no hassle from SPOT.

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My teacher always said "Show me your work"
So, on this thread, what of those 10,000 possible that are ADV riders have had problems (including and/or excluding the recall)? 20? 100? 9,999? (minus me since I haven't)
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:10 PM   #2710
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Spot 1

I picked up a Spot-1 on Amazon for just under $100 about 6 weeks ago, or under $50 after rebate. Preferred it to the 2 because it uses AA rather than AAA batteries - with about twice the useful life on a set. Slightly bigger size didn't matter to me. I've used it a lot, probably 3000 miles in my car, on my bike and in my backpack. It misses the occasional tracking position, as expected and explained on the FAQs, but has never missed an OK/HELP, out of probably 80 attempts.

I originally used the included lithiums, but have since stowed them for emergency use and have been using a pair of 2000 mAH NiMH rechargeables. The 'low battery' indication comes on pretty quickly, but even so they went for a solid week of 24/7 tracking (until my patience wore out, not the batteries).

I'm one satisfied customer of the SPOT-1. My guess is there are lots more, who just aren't vocal in the forums.
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:41 PM   #2711
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My teacher always said "Show me your work"
So, on this thread, what of those 10,000 possible that are ADV riders have had problems (including and/or excluding the recall)? 20? 100? 9,999? (minus me since I haven't)
I've had no problems at all with all three of my Spot Is.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:40 AM   #2712
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Spot Connect Battery life

One thing I've noticed compared to my old spot one -

Batteries go dead during tracking about twice as fast.

Batteries go dead in about a month with the unit powered off.

Anyone else noticed the spot connect chews through batteries when powered off?
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:31 PM   #2713
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Question Sending I'm OK while tracking is on

I understand the precedence order of messages: SOS, Help, Custom, OK, Tracking. However, I *thought* that I saw something about being able to send an OK message while Tracking is on without having to restart tracking. However, I have not been able to find it again, nor perform the action. i.e. if Tracking is on and I press the OK button, the OK message gets sent but Tracking does not start back again.
Is that possible? Or was I dreaming?
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:47 PM   #2714
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if Tracking is on and I press the OK button, the OK message gets sent but Tracking does not start back again
My SPOT2 will automatically go back to tracking after I hit the OK or Message buttons. On some rides I hit them 5 or 6 times in a day ( my wife worries ) and it never fails to go back to tracking.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #2715
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Same here. It will go back to tracking automatically.

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My SPOT2 will automatically go back to tracking after I hit the OK or Message buttons. On some rides I hit them 5 or 6 times in a day ( my wife worries ) and it never fails to go back to tracking.
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