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SPOT Additional Services: Type & Send

Let Them Know More with Type & Send
Type & Send allows custom messages to be created from your SPOT device that are delivered over the satellite network to emergency personnel, your personal contacts, or selected social networks from virtually anywhere regardless of mobile coverage.

If you use SPOT Connect or the DeLorme PN-60w/SPOT Communicator, you can use the Type & Send feature for short messages you want to send, anytime, virtually anywhere. Every message carries your GPS location too!
Use Type & Send to create custom messages:
  • Send up to 41 characters in a message
  • Messages will be sent directly to the contact groups you select via email or SMS
  • Post custom messages on Twitter, Facebook - and with the DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator, even post to Geocaching.com
  • If you encounter problems, you can send SOS messages describing your situation
Type & Send Message Delivery
When you send a Type & Send Message, you are sending to a Contact Group. SPOT recommends using as many emails as possible in your contacts. This is the most economical option for sending your SPOT messages. If you do want to send SMS, we recommend not loading your contact groups with a high number of cellular contacts, as each one is tallied as an SMS when you send a message. For example, if you have 50 contacts in contact group and all are cellular contacts, you are charged 50 times for sending that one message. However, if there are 50 email addresses in your contact group, then you are only charged for sending one message.

Configuring your SPOT Contacts
Configure your contacts and contact groups in your SPOT account. These are the people that receive your messages. New with the SPOT Connect application, is the ability to add or change contact information from within mobile or wi-fi range right from your smartphone. On the DeLorme device, an easy synch to the SPOT Communicator once you configure your contacts online is all that is needed to load your device with up-to-date contacts and groups.






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Make sure you have a compatible device
New SPOT Connect and Delorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Communicator users get a free trial (5 messages) of Type & Send when the Basic Plan is activated. You can remain on an a la carte plan and pay as you use. You will be charged €0.45 per message.
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Purchase a Bundle options for Type & Send
By purchasing a bundle you get a better per message rate.
  • 500 Message Bundle for €45
  • 100 Message Bundle for €25
  • 50 Message Bundle for €15
SMS Charges and Bundles
Because SPOT delivers SMS messages to contacts via an SMS mobile aggregator, SPOT incurs a charge to deliver these messages. This is on top of any Type & Send charges. See above in the description about Type & Send Message Delivery and in the chart for more info. Each message sent to an SMS contact is tallied. 200 SMS messages are included with Basic Service. Purchase bundles or pay as you go beyond your included allotment.
  • 200 SMS Message Bundle for €20
  • Individual Messages (non-bundle) for €0.15
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Never run out - Auto Renew
If choosing a bundle, you will also have the option to have the bundle auto renew. This bundle will only auto renew when your account runs out of messages. There is a 10 message buffer so you never run out of messages. These bundles are an annual plan. If you chose auto renewal, and run out of message before your renewal date, your bundle will auto renew when you get down to those 10 messages. If you don't use all your message before your renewal date, you end up losing those messages as they don't roll over in an annual plan.