In what is possibly the most sensible product in outdoor must-haves since GPS, SPOT Connect makes a smart phone into a satellite text and locator device. Hiking in deep wilderness? Worried about safety? Not a problem with SPOT Connect.
Just download their application onto your phone, connect the SPOT Connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and voila! You can be connected to a global satellite network that works pretty much anywhere in the world. You can send short emails and text messages, update your status to Facebook and Twitter, and share your location in real time on Google Maps so everyone can track your trip. Check out the video–and check out their web site.
There is a subscription fee, but at $99.95 a year for the ultimate in back country communication outside of a satellite phone, it’s a real value.