Get text messages when you are in remote areas (great for boating/camping)
PROS - Works great to send and receive text messages when you are in an area that does not have cell service. You can setup a share my location page on the garmin website (and password protect it), where people can see where you are, and also send you messages.
CONS - To have someone text you, you first have to text them from your device/earthmate phone app. After you have texted them, they can reply back to you. So you initially have to reach out to the person you want to contact for them to text you back using a phone. It would be nice for someone to text you directly (without having to text them first), however since you are charged per text, I can see why they would do this. I've only used it once when I was in a remote location, but it seemed you did have to use the app (or the device) to manually check for messages, it supposed to check automatically every 20 minutes, but that does not seem to be the case. You need a paid subscription to a garmin plan, but I knew that going in.
Overall, I think it works awesome, I needed a way for people to contact me in case of emergencies when I go offline. This device is way more affordable then a satellite phone.Read full review
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