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SPOT Connect
No cell signal? No problem!
Turn your smartphone into a satellite communicator with SPOT Connect.

Discontinued. Browse our selection of other great satellite communicators >>

SPOT Connect™ turns leading smartphones into a personal one-way satellite communicator capable of sending messages with GPS position to personal contacts, social networks or to summon help in emergencies from remote areas beyond cellular coverage.

Today’s smartphones provide a level of social connection far beyond what we imagined just a few years ago. But when you go beyond the reach of the grid, your smartphone needs the help of SPOT Connect to keep you in touch with friends, family, and emergency personnel. Simply pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Update Twitter and Facebook. Send email and text messages. Request non-emergency help from professional service providers. And in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance.

spot connect - how it works

Key Features

• Send messages from virtually anywhere via satellite
• Type & Send message (41 character) or Predefined message (120 character) options*
• Track Progress on Google Maps™ or SPOT Adventures page*
• Integrates with and popular social destinations
• Smartphone app for operation and detailed status
On device SOS button for standalone emergency operation

*Additional charges apply for Type & Send and Track Progress service plans.

SPOT Connect Functions:

SOS: Emergency assistance request sent with your GPS location to GEOS every 5 min until batteries die or until cancelled The GEOS International Emergency Response Center alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe. 

HELP: Request help from friends and family every 5 min for 1 hour. Up to 10 contacts via SMS & email.

CHECK-IN/OK: Send a pre-defined message allowing your friends and family know that all is OK along with your GPS location. With a push of a button a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account. 

TRACK PROGRESS: This feature allows you to send and save your location and allow contacts to track your progress in near real time using Google Maps. With your SPOT account you have the ability to set up a SPOT Shared Page which allows you to show your SPOT GPS locations to others on a Google Map. (Additional service required).

SOCIAL NETWORKS:  Don’t lose the connection to your social networks when you venture off the cellular grid. SPOT Connect with the basic service package enables you to send Predefined messages to your favorite social destinations. The Type & Send function allows you to create short custom messages in the field, which you can send to social destinations or specific contacts via email or text message. 


Size: 3” x 2.6” x 1.2” (7.6 cm x 6.6 cm x 3.2 cm)
Weight: 4.9 oz (w/ batteries)
GPS Lat. Long. Datum format: WGS-84

Operating Environment
Temperature: -13°F to +140°F (-25°C to +60°C)
Altitude: -328 ft to 21,325 ft (-100 m to +6500 m)
IPX7 Waterproof: Up to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes
Bluetooth range: ~30 feet

Satellite Technology:
GPS accuracy: 32.8 ft (10 m) location accuracy
Commercial satellites (LEO): 1610-1620 MHz L-band frequency
Visibility: 1 to 4 at any one time
More satellites for SOS detection than anyone for faster signal detection.

Battery specifications:
Type: 2 AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium 8X (L91)


International Emergency Response Coordination Center:
GEOS is operational 7 days/wk. 365 days a year, operating out of Houston, Texas (2 addl. backup locations).

If no GPS fix is acquired SPOT Connect still sends the distress signal to the IERCC without position while attempting to acquire a GPS fix.

Google Maps:
SPOT waypoints are displayed in Google Maps™ in your account and through Shared Pages for easy viewing.

Data History:
All messages are stored in your SPOT Account for up to 30 days for review, mapping, and sharing. Live data viewing available for up to 7 days.

Data archiving:
Data can be exported for archiving in the following formats: CSV (spreadsheet), KML (Google EarthTM), GPX (GPS data), and at

Shared Page:
Share messages and locations via a personal shared page (password protection optional) or SPOT Adventures account.



Note: This product cannot be returned to GPS Central. Instead please call Spot Customer Service at (866) OK1-SPOT or (866) 651-7768 or log onto

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User Guide

Spot Connect connected with Bluetooth

In the Box:
• SPOT Connect
Smartphone NOT included

Compatible devices:
Made for iPod touch® (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPhone® 4S, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G*, iPhone5 

Platform 2.0 or later*


play SPOT Connect Demo


A simple and quick overview


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Winner of CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award



SPOT works around the world, including virtually all of North America, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas. Coverage details.




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