DeLorme inReach Explorer
DeLorme’s latest generation of inReach — the inReach Explorer — will be in stores this May. It offers a new range of navigation functions and integrates route planning, waypoints and navigation with global two-way text messaging, GPS tracking and SOS alerting.
Boaters can use the handheld device to view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. A built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer provide heading and bearing information, elevation readings, speed and more statistics.
Like all of Delorme’s inReach products, the inReach Explorer can be combined with a Freedom subscription plan, letting users pay for satellite service only when they need it (or on a monthly basis).
“inReach Explorer is the first personal satellite communicator to bring together the power of navigation with truly global SOS alerting, GPS tracking and two-way text messaging in one rugged, waterproof device,” DeLorme CEO Michael Heffron stated in a press release. “For people whose recreational activities or work takes them to remote locations without reliable cellular coverage, inReach Explorer is a single, lightweight device that can help them navigate, communicate and seek help in the event of an emergency.”
inReach communicates over the Iridium satellite network, providing delivery of messages in less than 60 seconds anywhere on Earth.
Suggested retail price for the inReach Explorer will be $379. Freedom plans range from $14.95 to $99.95 per month with a 30-day commitment, or from $11.95 to $79.95 per month for an annual contract.
More information is at www.inreachdelorme.com.