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I will be in the mountains of idaho this summer and was thinking about renting a satellite phone. Anyone have any experience with this?
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I know some guys I shared caribou camp with rented one a few years ago and there was one in our remote camo for emergencies. I used a Delores inreach with satellite texting. Paired with my iPhone for ease of texting and map use I was pleased. I still carry it in wv just for the sos feature in the event that I would have an accident and not have cell coverage. The neat thing about the inreach was having a personal web page to share with family. They could access the page and see a map with my location on it as well as any “tracks” I had sent. It is subscription based but reasonable.
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I rented a satellite phone for a horseback fishing trip in Idaho. The phone worked but you had to talk fast. Was hard to keep the signal as the satellite moved. For quick calls worked good. Little expensive but that was 10 tears ago. Technology I’m sure has improved and cost may have gone down.
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It’s not a phone but we have a couple of Spot units at work that we use in the field. It’s a text based unit. You can add up to X number of phone/emails and there’s 4 buttons with messages on the unit.1 button is S.O.S, which goes directly to the nearest emergency 911 center. The second button is “helping hand”, this one goes to whoever you program and says “life is not in danger but I need help”. At work we decided to use this for non-life threatening sticky situations and minor injuries like blown ankles, wrecked vehicle (stranded) with no injuries, etc. The third button is a “custom message” that you can make whatever you want. Ours is set to mean “it’s not a dangerous situation but I need a hand”. We use this one for simple things that we all run into like the truck breaks down in middle of nowhere and we’re out of cell service/CB doesn’t reach anyone. The last message is “I’m OK, just checking in”. All of these messages send your GPS coordinates with a dropped pin on an actual map to whoever you have programmed to receive it. Really great devices and we’ve done quite a bit of testing on them and never had them not work.
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They are a pain as signal is lost a lot, one can barely have a short conversation on them a lot of times.   Better to use a Spot in emergencies.
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If you rent one throw up a link, some prices, and your personal opinion.. Im interested. I was considering buying a prepaid but haven't done my research.

Sometimes I fish by myself pretty deep... would be reassuring to have a help button.

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Originally Posted by SuperNatural
Sometimes I fish by myself pretty deep... would be reassuring to have a help button.


Get a beacon, not a phone.

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Get an inReach! 

I've had one for years and have used it all over the west, Caribbean and even Kilimanjaro last year. I have the unlimited text, monthly plan and have had zero issues with it.
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I have used an InReach many times in northern Idaho.  I've used it as a stand alone unit and paired with my iPhone.  It works great!  It does exactly what it says it does.  Nice to be able to send texts back and forth to home or hunting buddies.  Fortunately, I've never used the emergency beacon function. 
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I was going to buy a SPOT until I found out that the plans start at $200 per year!!!! Still trying to decide what to get.
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Thanks for the recomendation. I think inreach would be a good option for me. I'll have to explore the plans a little more.

The plans seem pretty reasonable and prepaid options..

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I have the unlimited text inReach plan and I pay $110/month, paying one month at a time - no annual contract!
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. Not sure which way to go yet. I still have a few months to sort out my best options. Thanks again.
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