DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator unveiled

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GPS navigation systems are nothing new in this day and age, but that doesn’t mean that the industry should just remain stagnant, right? DeLorme recently unveiled their Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator which is touted to be ready to hit the market sometime next month. Just what is the Earthmate PN-60w all about? Well, it is touted to be the first first handheld GPS in the world that enables Type & Send text messaging via satellite. Yup, that’s right – it relies on satellite technology to get your messages across, which means you are no longer subject to having to look out for a decent cellphone signal in rural areas. There will be a special interface on the PN-60w that helps it connect wirelessly with the SPOT Satellite Communicator, where the latter was designed exclusively for DeLorme. All messages are created using the PN-60w’s internal keyboard, which will then be relayed via satellite for delivery using established SPOT technology.

As mentioned earlier, since messages are conveyed via satellite, you are no longer subject to spotty cellular phone coverage, as the PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator works great in keeping users reliably connected even if they are somewhere remote, regardless of country worldwide. Both devices were specially designed to be ruggedized and waterproof, making it more suitable than your regular cellphone when it comes to being subjected to the rigors of outdoor use.

With the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator, you are able to type and send text messages to individual email addresses, cellphones, buddy lists, and social networking sites including (but not limited to) Twitter, Facebook, Fire Eagle, SpotAdventures.com, or Geocaching.com. Just in case you get yourself in a tight spot, SOS messages can be sent with your GPS coordinates embedded so that help can arrive in the appropriate manner. Not only that, family and friends are able to track a user’s progress via Google’s free online maps. Each purchase of the Earthmate PN-60w will ship with DeLorme Topo North America GPS maps and desktop software, where you get to enjoy high-resolution aerial imagery, official USGS and Natural Resources Canada topo maps, and NOAA nautical charts.

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4 reviews or comments

moogie Says: June 4, 2010 at 6:30 am

what’s the cost per message?

love the idea that it can send to a distribution list as opposed to individual recipients, though.

Edwin Says: September 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Hope this response is OK Satellite Admin :) Thanks for your input

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