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Garmin's new satellite device lets you text anywhere, even with no mobile coverage

By Cookie Monster - on 28 Sep 2022, 12:00am

Garmin's new satellite device lets you text anywhere, even with no mobile coverage

The Garmin InReach Messenger.

Garmin just announced a new communication-focused device, the inReach Messenger.

The Garmin inReach Messenger can be used as a standalone device, or paired with a smartphone via the new Garmin Messenger companion app. The app will automatically choose between Wi-Fi, cellular or the 100% global Iridium® satellite network to ensure every message is sent and received.

In an emergency, you can press the dedicated SOS button on the inReach Messenger which will send a distress message to the 24/7 staffed Garmin International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). Garmin says the IEERCC has responded to more than 9,000 inReach SOS incidents to date.

The ability to send/receive text messages and activate the SOS button will require an active subscription. Garmin has three subscription tiers: 

  • Safety (US$14.95/mth) - Unlimited SOS activations + 10 satellite text messages with additional messages costing US$0.50 each 
     
  • Recreation (US$34.95/mth) - Unlimited SOS activations + 40 satellite text messages with additional messages costing US$0.50 each
     
  • Expedition (US$64.95/mth) - Unlimited SOS activiations and unlimited satellite text messages

Other specs of the inReach Messenger include up to 28 days of battery life in default settings, impact-resistant chassis, and IPX7 water resistance of up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. 

The Garmin inReach Messenger is priced at US$299.99.

Source: Garmin

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